2,600 lbs. of Marijuana Seized by AZDPS in Southern Arizona
Nearly $1 million in marijuana was seized by a state trooper during a traffic stop in Nogales
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 9:00pm
- For Immediate Release -
Nogales, Ariz. - On October 24, 2017, at about 10:40 p.m., a state trooper made a traffic stop on a van traveling northbound along I-19, north of Nogales, for unsafe lane usage. After stopping the vehicle, the male driver immediately fled from the scene into a wooded area next to the interstate and was not apprehended.
129 bales of marijuana were located inside of the van and state detectives were called to assist with the investigation. The bales of marijuana were weighed, resulting in a combined weight of 2,655 pounds. The street value of the marijuana is estimated to be worth $929,250.
Sgt. Mondragon said, “The Department is committed to disrupting criminal activity perpetrated by domestic and transnational criminal organizations in southern Arizona and we are certainly proud of the work accomplished by our people on this case”.
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.