Pursuit leads to discovery of another drug load vehicle | Crime
After a high speed pursuit, a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Deputy makes an arrest and finds another load of smuggled drugs.
The incident began late in the morning on December 4, when according to PCSO a deputy spotted a GMC speeding and committing several traffic violations on I-8 near Casa Grande. The driver failed to pull over after the deputy turned on his siren and lights, instead turning onto Thornton Road where he sped up to 95 miles per hour and turned again onto Shedd Road.
According to the deputy the suspect drove his vehicle onto some rocks and got stuck. Before the deputy could pull up next to the GMC, the driver and two other passengers exited the vehicle and ran into the desert.
The deputy cleared the vehicle, and then pursued the driver, who was caught and arrested. According to PCSO the passengers ran nearly two miles into the desert, but were captured after being located by the PCSO Air Unit. These same passengers later admitted to deputies that they were in the U.S. illegally, according to deputies. They were turned over to Border Patrol for deportation.
Over 302 pounds of marijuana was found inside the vehicle, according to PCSO, worth an estimated $226,500.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Trinidad Cordova-Villena. According to the PCSO he has been charged with Felony Flight, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for sale and Transportation of Marijuana, and is currently booked in to the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated in a news release about the arrest, “Cordova showed he has no regard for the safety of other drivers on the roadway. While this current administration says those who enter into the United States from Mexico are only coming for a better life, these cases are a constant reminder that is not true and why we need to secure our southern border. This year alone our office seized 65,760 pounds of marijuana worth over $49,320,000 and over 19 kilos of both cocaine and methamphetamines. Last year, we led a multi-agency investigation which seized weapons, drugs and cash from the Sinaloa Drug Cartel and has been labeled as one of the largest in state history
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