The driver and passenger exited the vehicle, climbed over the barbwire fence and ran into the thick brush. The passenger was located a short time later. The driver of the vehicle was never located. The passenger claimed that he did not know the driver and only ran because he was afraid. When asked why he was afraid he claimed that it was because he was in the country illegally. The passenger was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.
The 2001 Ford F150 was found to have contained 1,036 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana was impounded and the vehicle was towed from the scene. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will request that the vehicle be forfeited since it was used for the transportation of illegal drugs.
Attached to this release are photos of the vehicle with the marijuana packaged inside of it.
This case brings the total amount of marijuana seized by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for 2010 to over 25,000 pounds.