BUCKEYE, Ariz. — The Department of Public Safety is investigating an early morning wreck involving an SUV that was loaded with bales of marijuana. It happened at about 4:30 a.m. near Lewis Prison on northbound State Route 85 in the area of milepost 140. That’s about an hour southwest of Phoenix. According to DPS, Border Patrol officers and Maricopa County sheriff’s deputies believed the SUV contained contraband and were in pursuit. A deputy tried to throw down stop sticks, but the driver, believed to be a juvenile, swerved around the sticks and lost control of the vehicle. The SUV rolled, coming to rest on its roof just off the highway. Several bales of pot were found in the back of the SUV and scattered along the roadway. While DPS Sgt. John Ortolano said the amount was “considerable,” it’s not clear exactly how much marijuana was in the SUV. “It’ll be in excess of 100 pounds,” Ortolano said. Once investigators weigh the pot bales, they will be able to determine the street value of the drugs. According to PriceofWeed.com, a website that crowdsources the price of marijuana based on consumers’ submissions, an ounce of marijuana, depending on the quality, runs between $100 and more than $350 in Arizona. The driver of the SUV was injured in the crash, but the nature of those injuries was not immediately available. According to Ortolano, he was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. DPS will be handling all aspects of the investigation.
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