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Update: Pinal deputies seize 170 lb. pot load

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Update: Pinal deputies seize 170 lb. pot load

  • courtesy Pinal County Sheriff's Office

A 170-pound load of marijuana was seized by a Pinal County Sheriff's deputy on Saturday, said a department spokesman.

A deputy stopped a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Interstate 8 near the Vekol Valley around 9 p.m. after observing several traffic violations, said Tim Gaffney of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

After initially failing to yield to the deputy's lights and siren, the vehicle pulled over and two men fled into the desert.

Three other men remained seated in the back seat, and were taken into custody when the deputy discovered bundles of marijuana in the rear of the SUV.

The load of pot has a street value of $85,000, Gaffney said.

The three arrested were Mexican citizens in the country illegally. They were turned over to the Border Patrol, Gaffney said.

The two who fled into the desert were not found, despite a search by deputies and the Border Patrol.

Note: We originally reported that deputies seized 3,400 pounds of marijuana worth $1.7 million, based on a Monday morning news release by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, which later corrected their figures.

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