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Suspects leave behind cocaine and loaded rifle after fleeing traffic stop

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Cocaine and a loaded rifle were left behind by two suspects fleeing from their vehicle after a routine traffic stop in Pinal County.

The incident occurred Friday when a Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a gray 1998 Mercury sedan traveling westbound on Interstate-8 after witnessing the vehicle commit several traffic violations.

The vehicle initially came to a complete stop, but before the deputy was able to approach, the driver accelerated westbound at a high rate of speed.

After a short pursuit, the driver of the Mercury drove into the center median and stopped.

Two Hispanic males fled from the vehicle on foot and were able to escape in to the darkness of the night.

A "High-Point 9mm rifle" was found in the car with a round loaded in the chamber and a full magazine.

A bag of cocaine was also located in the vehicle.

The area in which the vehicle was stopped is allegedly a known area used by smugglers who are involved with drug and human trafficking.

The vehicle, the rifle and cocaine were all impounded as evidence.

The two suspects remain on the loose.

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