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Dec 10, 2012 12:40 PM

Deputies find nearly 5,000 rounds of ammo in vehicle after pursuit Sat.

TUCSON - Deputies found 4,550 rounds of .38 caliber ammunition in an a vehicle that was abandoned near Stanfield, Arizona after a pursuit Saturday night.

At about 9:17 p.m. on December 8, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office deputy was patrolling Interstate 8 when they checked the registration on a vehicle leaving Stanfield to discover it had been reported stolen by the owner, according to a news release from Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. It immediately left the roadway and began to drive through the desert for about a mile, the release states. The Gila River Police Department and Bureau and Land management helped the deputy track the vehicle, and it was found abandoned in the desert.

Deputies located 4,550 rounds of .38 caliber Super+P handgun ammunition inside.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "38 Super ammunition is very popular in Mexico where it's the most powerful pistol cartridge available to civilians. It is suspected that the stolen vehicle was being used as a southbound re-supply load vehicle transporting ammunition that was intended for unlawful / smuggling related purposes."

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