Suspects Toss Bales of Marijuana Onto Highway During High Speed Chase
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says suspects in a high-speed chase ditched marijuana bales on Interstate 10, and it was all caught on dashcam video.
According to a Pinal County Sheriff's Office Facebook post, the pursuit began just before noon Wednesday when deputies on Interstate 8 near Trekell Road in Casa Grande spotted a white SUV speeding. Deputies tried to catch up with the vehicle, but it took off onto I-10 going westbound. When deputies caught up with it, they say, the occupants started throwing out bales of marijuana.
Deputies used spike strips to flatten the tires, and investigators say Mario Perez-Paz, 43, of Mexico, and Juan Aguilar-Zavala, 21, got out and ran from deputies but were later taken into custody. During their interviews, the men allegedly claimed they were offered $1,000 by a woman in Phoenix to drive the vehicle to I-8 to pick up unknown packages.
Deputies and Department of Public Safety officers were not able to recover all of the bales thrown from the vehicle because of traffic conditions, and they say some drivers stopped to pick them up.