HAYDEN, Ariz. -- The Arizona Department of Public Safety recovered more than $300,000 worth of copper stolen from a mining company in Hayden.
DPS officers stopped a commercial vehicle on Interstate 10 on Sept. 27 and discovered approximately 48 copper ingots in the trailer.
Ingots are large copper plates and each one was 4 feet wide, 4 feet tall and 2 inches thick. Each plate weighed approximately 880 pounds.
A search warrant was executed at a residence in Marana and 54 copper ingots were found. Officers seized three truck tractors, three semi-trailers, one fork lift and two hand carts.
Officials said the copper was stolen from the ASARCO Mining Corporation.