Authorities on Friday said that they had seized $2 million worth of methamphetamine and marijuana in Arizona this week.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in a press release said that the drug haul that officers conducted on Wednesday ended up seizing 200 pounds of meth and 3,500 pounds of weed. The department collaborated with Customs and Border Protection agents as part of the County Drug Suppression Task Force (MCDST), the County Sheriff’s Office added.
The sheriff’s office in one of the statements also informed that officials spotted two trucks avoiding a border checkpoint near Gila Bend. Both the trucks then entered an uninhabited desert area with their lights off, the sheriff’s office added.
Local sources say that officials set up tire deflation devices following which the vehicles were rendered inoperable as soon as they came in contact with the devices. Four suspects allegedly took off from the area on foot, the sources added.
“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.”
Authorities identified the suspects as Jose Jaime Garcia-Lopez, Yoni Ontiveros-Torres, and Ruben Espericueta-Jiminez. The apprehended suspects were charged with possession and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale and possession and transportation of marijuana for sale. All the suspects have been booked in jail, 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 impact our community and our families adversely. We will be unwavering in our commitment to hold the line.”