2M pot bust leads to arrest of four suspects - Tucson News Now

2M pot bust leads to arrest of four suspects

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Gonzales (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Gonzales (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Maciel (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Maciel (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Ponce-Soto (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Ponce-Soto (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Zavala (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department) Zavala (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Pima County Sheriff's Department investigation lasting several weeks led to the discovery of a large amount of marijuana and the arrest of four suspects who now face multiple felony drug charges. 

The Narcotics and Special Investigations Section received a tip of suspicious activity involving a Pima County residence, according to a news release.

Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle on May 2 but the vehicle continued and eventually stopped. Sheriff's officials two suspects fled from the car but were apprehended with the help of the canine unit.

Deputies found bales of marijuana inside the vehicle, so they obtained search warrants for a residence and the suspect vehicle, leading to the arrest of four suspects.

Authorities said the value of the combined marijuana, weighing 4,600 pounds, totaled approximately $2,300,000.

Rafael Ponce-Soto, 22, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana for sale and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

Daniel Maciel, 35, also face charges of possession of marijuana for sale and unlawful flight from law enforcement, in addition to a charge of possession of narcotics.

Authorities also arrested 48-year-old Martin Gonzales and 40-year-old Daniel Now Zavala on charges of weapons violation, possession of marijuana for sale, manufacturing or transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of narcotics and possession of a dangerous drug.

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