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Septic tank reveals over 700 pounds of pot

Marijuana seized from Septic tank

Friday, January 29, 2010 -

Septic tank reveals over 700 pounds of pot

On January 27, 2010 at about 4:00 pm, a DPS officer was patrolling on northbound Interstate 19 in the area of kilometer 40 (near Tubac, Ariz. which is located about 35 miles south of Tucson, Ariz.). The officer noticed a septic tank truck, which was also northbound, was displaying an invalid license plate. The officer stopped the septic tank truck and contacted the driver, a male subject. During the contact the officer found that the commercial vehicle markings on the truck were not valid commercial markings. After completing the stop the officer asked for and was given permission to search the vehicle.

Upon opening the holding tank on the septic tank truck the officer saw bales of marijuana inside. The officer removed approximately 743 pounds of marijuana from the holding tank. The street value of the marijuana is $409,000.

The driver of the septic tank truck, Leonard Salcido, 24, from Tucson, Ariz. was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on the following charges:

1. ARS 13-3405.A1 Possession of marijuana

2. ARS 13-3405.A2 Possession of marijuana for sale

3. ARS 13-3405.A4 transportation of marijuana for sale

DPS Canine and Haz Mat units assisted with the investigation.

This enforcement action is part of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s continued effort to disrupt and dismantle the criminal organizations that grow or manufacture, transport, and sell illegal drugs, in order to make communities in Arizona and across the United States safer places to live.

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