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Arizona Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Border Patrol joint effort yields 163 pounds of marijuana

Friday, January 15, 2010 -

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It began at about 11:00 a.m. on January 15, when a black Toyota Camry approached the US Border Patrol checkpoint on SR 90, about 12 miles north of Sierra Vista. A drug sniffing K-9 alerted to the vehicle and the agent instructed the driver to move the vehicle into a designated area. The driver chose instead to continue north on SR 90 and a US Border Patrol agent began chasing the vehicle. An Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officer was traveling southbound on SR 90 just south of Benson, when he observed a black Toyota Camry traveling northbound on SR 90 at over 110 mph, being pursued by a US Border Patrol Agent. The vehicle turned into the residential area of Cochise Terrace RV Park where the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, with the DPS Officer and US Border Patrol Agent engaging in a foot chase through backyards and over fences. The suspect was taken into custody as he attempted to crouch near a bush.

Thomas Paul Baker, 36 of Kingman, was booked into the Cochise County Jail for possession/transportation of marijuana and felony flight.

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