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Arizona Department of Public Safety Seizes 215 Pounds of Marijuana following an attempted assault on an officer

11.5 grams of methamphetamine are also seized

Monday, October 29, 2012 -

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On Sunday Oct. 28, 2012, at approximately 8:28 a.m. a DPS Highway Patrol officer was northbound on State Route 347 when he attempted to stop a Ford F-150 pickup truck for speeding. At that time a Nissan pickup truck came up quickly behind the DPS Patrol vehicle and attempted to ram it. The officer took evasive action and avoided the collision. In the meantime, the Nissan pickup pulled over and several people ran from the vehicle into the desert. The Ford-150 and another vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade pickup truck that was loaded with marijuana, sped away. Those two vehicles were eventually stopped in the Phoenix metro freeway system. In total eight people were taken into custody from all three vehicles. The driver of the Nissan pickup that tried to ram the DPS patrol vehicle is still at large.

A search of the Cadillac resulted in the seizure of 215 pounds of marijuana with a street value of around $100,000. Detectives also seized 11.5 grams of methamphetamine in one of the vehicles.

Three suspects were booked into Maricopa County Jail on charges of participating in a criminal enterprise, transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of dangerous drugs. Five suspects were turned over to the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol.

This investigation is ongoing so we are unable to release names or any more information at this time.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.