(Cleveland) - Two Stark County men were charged in U.S. District Court Tuesday with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

It follows the seizure of a semi tractor-trailer loaded with about 1,700 pounds of marijuana destined for Cleveland, law enforcement officials said.

Charged are Ray Sanchez, 46, and Andy Fagan, 29, both of Canton.

According to an affidavit filed in the case:

Sanchez contacted a counterpart in Texas this month and arranged for a large amount of marijuana to be shipped to Ohio. The next day, Fagan sent $20,000 by Federal Express to the Texas connection, which law enforcement officers suspected related to the shipment of marijuana from Texas to Cleveland.

Sanchez then indicated the marijuana would arrive on Aug. 15.

On the morning of Aug. 15, law enforcement officials learned that the shipment of marijuana was intercepted by Homeland Security Investigations agents when the semi crossed the border at Laredo, Texas. The semi contained 1,718 pounds of marijuana hidden in recycling equipment and addressed to Fagan in Ohio.

Sanchez and Fagan were subsequently arrested.

The investigation is ongoing.

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