Watch: Suspects toss bales of marijuana out window during pursuit

Juan Aguilar-Zavala and Mario Perez-Paz were arrested following a high-speed chase.(Photo: PCSO)

It was a chaotic scene on Interstate 8 near Casa Grande, Arizona, Wednesday morning as police chased a white truck from which, authorities said, two occupants started tossing bales of marijuana.

Much of that evidence was lost, however, as motorists who followed behind the chase stopped to pick up the drugs.

Jim Knupp, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said a deputy was monitoring traffic along the highway near Trekell Road when he spotted a 2006 White Trailblazer traveling at high rate of speed.


$1.7M in marijuana seized during traffic stop

DPS officers estimated the 1,700 pounds of marijuana was worth $1.7 million.(Photo: Department of Public Safety)

Nearly 1,700 pounds of marijuana was discovered in a man's semi-truck after a Department of Public Safety officer pulled him over early Tuesday morning, according to a DPS press release.

The officer pulled over 64-year-old Nathaniel Fripp, from Lithonia, Ga., around 1:12 a.m. for a traffic violation and became suspicious during the stop, the statement said.

After getting permission, the officer searched the trailer, opened boxes stored inside and found 1,658 pounds of marijuana, according to DPS.


Cannabis-Rx, with property in Manatee, named as part of securities fraud in federal indictment

MANATEE -- An Arizona company called Cannabis-Rx that bought property in Manatee County this year with hopes for a licensed marijuana facility is at the center of a stock scheme and federal indictment.

The FBI announced Tuesday six people were indicted by a federal grand jury in a $500 million offshore asset protection, securities fraud and money laundering scheme. Cannabis-Rx was created as a shell company, according to the FBI.


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