PHOENIX — Authorities recovered $1.5 million in copper plates stolen from
the Asarco plant in Hayden.
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Carrick Cook says the case began
in late September with the recovery of $300,000 in copper plates that were found
in the back of a commercial vehicle during a traffic stop and later at a
warehouse in Marana.
Cook says the warehouse was supplying copper to a scrap metal yard in the Los
Angeles area and that federal authorities moved to stop the shipment of those
items to China.
In all, $1.25 million in copper sheets were recovered from six shipping
containers in the Los Angeles area.
Three containers were stopped before their ship departed, while the other three
were called back after leaving port.
DPS spokesman Bart Graves says arrests are expected.