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MCSO arrests 13 suspected illegals, seizes 120 lbs. of pot

Thirteen suspected illegal immigrants were arrested in two separate incidents and 120 lbs. of marijuana was also seized, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.

In the first incident, deputies initiated a traffic stop about 7:00 p.m. Wednesday near Pioneer Rd. on Interstate 17. When the suspect vehicle came to a stop, between eight and 10 individuals jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a nearby neighborhood.

Three suspects were immediately detained with the aid of a helicopter. The others were not located until the following morning, when deputies received information that the suspects were at a Circle K near Daisy Mountain Rd and I-17.

When deputies arrived, a short foot chase ensued and six more suspects were arrested.

When interviewed, all nine men said they paid between $2,000 and $3,000 each to be smuggled to Los Angeles.

In the second incident, deputies spotted four men allegedly loading marijuana into the back of a red car.

When they approached the vehicle, four men fled into the desert and the car sped off. Both passengers jumped out a short distance away and also fled into the desert.

Four suspects were arrested and about 120 lbs. of marijuana were seized from the vehicle.