PCSO K9 deputy arrests one, seizes $15,000 in drugs - Tucson News Now

PCSO K9 deputy arrests one, seizes $15,000 in drugs

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Bundle of drugs found inside vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Bundle of drugs found inside vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Pinal County K9 officer and drugs found in trunk of car. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Pinal County K9 officer and drugs found in trunk of car. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Vehicle seized in arrest. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Vehicle seized in arrest. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Fernando Villalobos-Castaneda (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Fernando Villalobos-Castaneda (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

One man was arrested and another is still on the loose after a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy stopped the car they were driving due to a traffic violation, according to a PCSO release.

A PCSO K9 deputy saw the violation and instructed the driver to stop the car on eastbound I-10 near Eloy.  Both the driver and the passenger got out of the car and ran for the desert, said the release.  The deputy was able to find the driver, identified as Fernando Villalobos-Castaneda; he had been attempting to hide in the bushes not far from the car. Villalobos-Castaneda was taken into custody without incident. 

Border Patrol agents were called in to assist with the search for passenger who ran, according to the release he is still on the loose.

A search of the car revealed a large bundle of marijuana, weighing 21 pounds and worth an estimated $15,750. 

Villalobos-Castaneda is currently booked into the Pinal County Jail on the following charges - possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of marijuana.  His car was seized and is currently being processed.

"Everyday PCSO deputies work to stop the cartels from Mexico from smuggling drugs and humans through Pinal County to destinations throughout the U.S.," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

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