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The Ohio State Highway Patrol is racking up another record year for drug seizures.

Troopers on Thursday confiscated 743 pounds of marijuana after stopping a pickup truck for a traffic stop on Interstate 70 in western Ohio. Troopers said they saw indicators of criminal activity, and a police dog sniffed out the drugs. An Arizona man was jailed in Preble County.

The 743 pounds is the second-largest marijuana seizure this year by troopers. Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Anne Ralston said troopers have increased their focus on monitoring drug-related crimes.

Marijuana seizures by the patrol are up 151 percent compared to 2011, and heroin is up 295 percent.

2011 was a record year for the patrol on drug seizures.