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PCSO: Illegal immigrants pulled over in traffic stop arrested on drug charges

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Rodolfo Celaya-Leyva (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Rodolfo Celaya-Leyva (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two men pulled over for a traffic stop in Pinal County now face drug charges.

Sheriff's officials said a deputy pulled over a sports utility vehicle for a traffic violation near Highway 84 and Highway 347 on March 18 and immediately noticed a marijuana odor from inside the vehicle.

The deputy could see packaged bundles of marijuana throughout the inside of the car, as well as a portable radio, according to a news release.

The deputy found a total of 14 bundles of marijuana, weighing approximately 330 pounds. The two occupants in the vehicle, Miguel Gomez-Valdez, 21, and Rodolfo Celaya-Leyva, 27, admitted to being in the United States illegally, sheriff's officials confirmed. Gomez-Valdez also had three cell phones with him.

Investigators discovered the marijuana seized allegedly came from a group Celaya-Leyva was with. He and nine others reportedly crossed the border about a week ago and carried the bundles on their back through the desert until they reached Interstate 8, according to sheriff's officials.

"The cartels from Mexico continue to push their drug and human loads through Pinal County, yet our deputies continue to intercept them," PCSO Sheriff Paul Babeu stated.

Authorities booked Gomez-Valdez and Celaya-Leyva into the Pinal County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana. The drugs, car, scanner and cell phones were seized as evidence. The total street value of the drugs was estimated around $262,500.

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