STANFIELD, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say two Casa Grande men have been arrested after being caught in Stanfield trying to smuggle marijuana.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy tried to pull over a Ford Mustang and a Chevrolet Camaro on Interstate 8 near Highway 84 when the two vehicles separated.
The deputy pursued the Mustang, which became stuck in mud.
The driver, 20-year-old Rigoberto Leue-Tejeda fled but was captured.
According to deputies, two backpacks with 77 pounds of marijuana and three two-way radios were found.
Meanwhile, U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped the Camaro and arrested 20-year-old Erick Tarango.
An assault-style rifle, ski masks and two-way radios were seized.
Sheriff Paul Babeu says Leue-Tejeda admitted that Tarango paid him $1,000 to pick up the drugs from a designated spot.
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