Authorities arrest 6 men in Queens after spotting them unloading 3,000 pounds of marijuana

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NEW YORK — Six men were arrested after federal agents spotted them unloading more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana from a tractor trailer across from a Queens supermarket.

It happened early Monday morning near the Good Fortune Supermarket in Elmhurst.

Prosecutors say members of the DEA's New York Drug Enforcement Task Force saw the men transferring cartons of the drug worth over $3.5 million into two smaller vehicles.

When they approached them they noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana.

Prosecutors say the men, hailing from California, Canada and Brooklyn, also possessed between $200,000 and $300,000 in cash.

The men face charges of illegal possession of marijuana at their arraignment Tuesday in Queens Criminal Court. If convicted they each face up to five and a half years in prison.

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