Just after 5 p.m. on September 2, a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a green Chevrolet SUV for multiple traffic violations on Interstate 8 near Highway 84.
The vehicle fled from the deputy and headed east on Highway 84. After about a mile of speeds reaching up to 95 mph, the SUV made an abrupt left turn in to the desert area before Highway 347. The SUV ran through a wire fence and drove another 400 yards before the four occupants fled into the desert on foot.
The deputy found the vehicle unoccupied with the engine running and loaded with packages of marijuana.
The suspects were never located. The marijuana was packaged in five burlap backpacks, later determined to be 244 pounds of marijuana. The drugs and vehicle were seized.