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Authorities intercept marijuana filled furniture shipped to Charleston

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The amount shown is just an 1/8 of the marijuana seized. The amount shown is just an 1/8 of the marijuana seized.
CHARLESTON, SC -

Local and Federal agents in Charleston announced a major drug bust Tuesday. 

Police held a news conference Tuesday morning announcing the drug bust and two arrests related to the case.  Agents seized 3,734 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $4 million.

Agents say this would be considered a large bust anywhere in the country

Border Patrol officials found the drugs pressed between furniture pieces in Texas.  Authorities allowed the furniture to be shipped to Charleston where it was seized upon arrival.

What was shown Tuesday morning at a news conference is just one-eighth of what was actually found in the seizure; in total nearly 2-tons of marijuana valued at about 4-million dollars was found.

It was discovered on a truck in Laredo TX and was disguised as pressed pieces of furniture such as unassembled shelving or TV-stands. It was destined for North Carolina as well as the Charleston area.

Special Agent in Charge at the Department of Homeland Security, Joseph Gallion said on Tuesday this is not large find relative to Charleston.

"Thirty-seven hundred pounds is a large seizure even down on the border where obviously you know narcotics are more prevalent because it's a passage or smuggling point, but this is large significant seizure anywhere in the country."

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