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Traffic violation leads to PCSO drug bust

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Bundles inside abandoned SUV in Pinal County (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Bundles inside abandoned SUV in Pinal County (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Abandoned SUV. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Abandoned SUV. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

On March 13, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office deputy, with theAnti-Smuggling Unit attempted to stop an SUV for a traffic violation.  

The vehicle failed to stop, according to a PCSO release andthe deputy took off in pursuit near an incorporated area of Stanfield.

During the pursuit the driver of the vehicle threw a large bundle out the window,according to the PCSO deputy.  The bundle hit the road and it broke openupon impact, spilling raw marijuana all over the ground, said the PCSO release. 

At one point during the high speed pursuit, the deputy said helost visual contact with the vehicle, but later discovered it abandoned onApache Drive, near Yaqui Way.  Accordingto the release an extensive search of the area was conducted, however, the driver wasnot found. 

A search of the vehicle showed it contained 52 bundles of marijuana, which weighed1,173 pounds, worth an estimated $879,750. A detective later returned to the site where the thrown bundle landed,according to the release, and found only two pounds of an estimated 24 poundsremaining.  PCSO is not sure who pickedup the other 22 pounds. 

Both the vehicle and the drug bundles were seized for furtherprocessing. 

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