PCSO seizes $1.3 million in marijuana from passenger van - Tucson News Now

PCSO seizes $1.3 million in marijuana from passenger van

Bundles found inside passenger van (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Bundles found inside passenger van (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Bundles found inside passenger van (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Bundles found inside passenger van (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Raymundo Angulo-Lopez (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Raymundo Angulo-Lopez (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Jose Leon-Beltran (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Jose Leon-Beltran (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Last Friday, May 9, two men were arrested after running from a Pinal County Sheriff's Office deputies. They are now facing drug charges.

According to a recent PCSO release a deputy had been heading southbound on Toltec Road when he spotted two vehicles on the side of the road near Eloy. 

Two men had been standing by the opened hood of a 15 passenger van, when they ran to a nearby vehicle and drove off, according to the deputy, as he approached the two.  The deputy attempted to follow the vehicle, but it took off at a high rate of speed.  According to the release the deputy returned to the van to investigate, it was at this point the deputy realized it was full of drug bundles. 

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An alert was sent out on the vehicle the two men sped off in; according to the release a PCSO sergeant located the vehicle headed southbound on I-10 a short time later. The two men, Raymundo Angulo-Lopez and Jose Leon-Beltran were arrested, after being identified by the deputy, as the two men he saw speed away earlier in the day; the key to the van was also found on the floor of their vehicle.  The release stated the men allegedly admitted to PCSO officials that they were in the country illegally.

Lopez and Beltran are currently booked into the Pinal County Jail on the following charges: possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana and conspiracy to transport marijuana.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Raymundo and Jose both admitted they were in the United States illegally from Mexico. Raymundo has been previously arrested for smuggling drugs and was deported from the United States in 2009. This 1.3 million dollar load of marijuana never made it to the distribution house before it was to be sent throughout the United States. What we really need is for real consequences for these criminals instead of a slap on their hand, which is interpreted as weakness and poses no risk for these repeat criminal illegals."

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