SELIGMAN, Ariz. – Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K-9 deputies seized more than a ton of marijuana after stopping a tractor-trailer rig on eastbound Interstate 40 between Seligman and Ash Fork Thursday morning.
Spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said it was YCSO's largest marijuana seizure.
A K-9 deputy initially noticed an equipment violation involving the trailer's splash guards then saw the truck swerve over the fog line and conducted a traffic stop.
After talking with the two occupants and reviewing documents provided by the driver, deputies suspected illegal drug trafficking.
A K-9 alerted to an odor along the length of the trailer. Deputies searched the 53-foot trailer and found stacks of cardboard packing boxes. D'Evelyn said the majority of boxes in the load contained high-grade marijuana packed in heavy-duty vacuum-sealed plastic bags.
The total weight of the load was calculated at 2,350 pounds with an estimated value of more than $8 million.
Authorities believe the load was destined for locations along the East Coast.
Peng Law, 44, of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Bing Huang, 45, of San Jose, Calif., were arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including transportation of marijuana for sales and possession of marijuana for sales.
Both suspects remain in custody, each on a $15 million bond.
The investigation is ongoing.