$2M Worth of Meth And Marijuana Seized in Arizona Border Drug Bust
Drug bust uncovered around 200 pounds of meth and 3,500 pounds of marijuana
Police officials have confirmed an estimated $2 million worth of methamphetamine and marijuana has been seized in Arizona this week, according to reports.
The massive drug bust uncovered around 200 pounds of meth and 3,500 pounds of marijuana, according to a statement from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The department co-operated with Customs and Border Protection agents as part of the County Drug Suppression Task Force (MCDST).
Authorities that were working near Gila Bend located “two trucks avoid a border checkpoint and drive into an uninhabited desert area with their lights off,” the sheriff’s office said.
Tire deflation devices were activated, and the vehicles “were rendered inoperable” after driving over them, they confirmed.
The sheriff’s office said that four suspects took off from the area on foot.
Four suspects allegedly escaped from the area on foot, the sheriff’s office said.
“Detectives coordinated with CBP agents and air support, and three of the suspects were subsequently apprehended,” according to authorities.
“The vehicles, loaded with bricks of methamphetamine and marijuana, had been reported stolen and were driving with fictitious license plates.”
The suspected arrested were identified as Jose Jaime Garcia-Lopez, Yoni Ontiveros-Torres, and Ruben Espericueta-Jiminez, were booked in jail on charges of possession and transportation of the intent to sell dangerous drugs and possession and transportation of marijuana for sale, the sheriff’s office said.
“This seizure is an example of exceptional police work by our deputies and law enforcement partners,” Sheriff Paul Penzone said in the news release.
“It is also an example that the demand for drugs continues to be epidemic."
"Illicit drugs are the most impactful contributor to violence, crime, and gang activity that continues to adversely impact our community and our families. We will be unwavering in our commitment to hold the line."
Earlier this month, we reported Border patrol agents seized hundreds of pounds of cocaine at an unsecured area of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) say.
The news comes days after 247 illegal immigrants were arrested trying to cross the border early Wednesday, further strengthing Donald Trump's bid for a wall.
The Democrat's media narrative of a 'borderless' society is rapidly being debunked by the day."
Customs and Border Protection said the suspects were seen loading 'bundles of narcotics' into an off-road-style utility vehicle outside of Garciasville, a city in Texas up against the river," the Washington Examiner reported.