215 pounds of marijuana found in car in Arizona

Pinal County authorities seized 215 pounds of marijuana after a concerned citizen reported a suspicious vehicle and person on a vacant piece of land in Arizona City Monday morning.

The caller told the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office that he confronted the driver and saw what he believed to be marijuana bundles in the car, which was near Harmon and Jamestown roads. The driver ran into the surrounding desert.

SWAT and K-9 members located the abandoned vehicle and marijuana then began a search for the driver.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Tim Gaffney said deputies located a large amount of survival supplies in a nearby wash. The supplies consisted of new clothing, canned food, cell phone, drinks, ammunition, a handgun, a quad tire and gas cans with fuel.

In addition to the abandoned car, Gaffney said two quads fled the area when the deputies arrived. One of the quads was found abandoned west of the marijuana load vehicle. It was discovered to be stolen out of Glendale and turned over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety Vehicle Theft Unit.

None of the suspects was located. The only description provided by the witness was that they were Hispanic males.

The marijuana had a street value of $107,500.

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