May 13, 2014 8:55 PM by Marissa Esquivel
PINAL COUNTY - Two men suspected of smuggling 1,777 pounds of marijuana have been taken into custody.
On Friday, May 9th, a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy saw a car stopped along the side of the roadway on Toltec Road in the area of Eloy, in front of a van.
The hood for the van was up and two Hispanic man were standing in front of it. The deputy then saw the two men run into the Buick before taking off.
The deputy tried to catch up to the Buick but it was driving too fast.
The deputy went back the van and saw that it was filled with packaged bundles of marijuana. The marijuana was seized. The drugs weighed 1,177 pounds with an estimated value of $1,332,750.
A short time later, a PCSO sergeant found the vehicle and stopped it on Interstate-10.
The driver of the Buick was identified as Raymundo Angulo-Lopez, 35, and the passenger was identified as Jose Leon-Beltran, 30.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Raymundo and Jose both admitted they were in the United States illegally from Mexico. Raymundo has been previously arrested for smuggling drugs and was deported from the United States in 2009. This 1.3 million dollar load of marijuana never made it to the distribution house before it was to be sent throughout the United States."