Vehicle pursuit leads to big marijuana bust

Vehicle pursuit leads to big marijuana bust
A Ford F-250 was abandoned near a residential neighborhood while the driver fled on foot. 140 bricks of Marijuana were discovered in the vehicle.

WHETSTONE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two Tucson men led U.S. Border Patrol agents and a Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer on a short pursuit resulting in the seizure of 140 bricks of marijuana from their vehicle.

When an Arizona DPS trooper performed a traffic stop in Whetstone on Friday, Feb. 23, the driver of a Ford F-250 drove off while a passenger jumped out of the moving vehicle, according to a news release.

The driver fled off-road and through a barbed wire fence before abandoning the truck near a residential area.

The driver, 20, and passenger, 42, were found by canine units and arrested. Upon a search of the vehicle, a Border Patrol canine found multiple bricks of marijuana in the truck worth an estimated $78,000.

The two men, along with their vehicle and marijuana, were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for processing. Both were U.S. Citizens.

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