Mar 26, 2014 1:00 PM by Faye DeHoff

More than 1,100 pounds of pot seized after pursuit

STANFIELD - After a pursuit in Pinal County, a detective with the Pinal County Sheriff's Anti-Smuggling Unit recovered more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana.

On Thursday, March 13th at 10:31 a.m., the detective tried to stop a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer on Stanfield Road and Connelly Road in the unincorporated area of Stanfield after the driver committed a traffic violation. The driver did not stop and took off.

During the pursuit, the driver threw a large bundle, approximately 24 pounds, of raw marijuana from the vehicle. The deputy watched the bundle break open after hitting the roadway. The deputy continued to pursue the vehicle which was going more than 90 miles per hour. At one point, the deputy lost sight of the vehicle and later discovered it abandoned on Apache Drive near Yaqui Way. The driver ran from the vehicle and was not found after an extensive search of the area. The vehicle contained 52 bundles of marijuana which weighed a total of 1,173 pounds, with an estimated street value of $879,750 dollars.

The detective later returned to the location where the driver threw the bundle of marijuana from the vehicle and noticed a majority of it was gone. Approximately two pounds of loose marijuana was recovered from the roadway. It's not known who picked up the marijuana which had been thrown from the vehicle. The vehicle and marijuana were seized and deputies are in the process of completing forfeiture paperwork for the vehicle.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Our Pinal County families still continue to be forced to live with drug and human smuggling and the crimes associated with it as a result of an unsecured border. Could you imagine if these cases were occurring everyday in Washington, D.C.? I imagine then we would finally see some real efforts to secure the border."


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