Arizona DPS seizes 1,110 pounds of marijuana after a vehicle pursuit

On Monday, February 4th 2008, at approximately 2 p.m. an Arizona Department of Public Safety K-9 officer stopped a 2004 GMC pickup northbound on Interstate 19, at kilometer 60 (Green Valley, Arizona) for a traffic violation. As the officer approached the pickup it sped off, northbound on the interstate. The K-9 officer returned to his vehicle and pursued the GMC pickup. The pickup exited the freeway at the Esperanza off ramp and went into a neighborhood in the Green Valley area. The driver abandoned the pickup and fled on foot. With the assistance of his K-9 partner, the officer able to apprehend the driver. Inside thh pickup 1,110 pounds of marijuana was found. The marijuana had a street value of approximately $555,000. The driver of the pickup, Ernesto Lahuerra (38 years old) from Nogales, Sonora was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale and unlawful flight from law enforcement. The Arizona Department of Public Safety K-9 Unit has been instrumental in removing large amounts of illegal drugs from Arizona and nationally. The unit is committed to keeping communities safe through their successful drug interdiction efforts.

Source: Arizona Department Of Public Safety

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