Traffic stop leads to pot seizure, suspect search


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Tammy Rose, Chopper 3

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 5:38 PM

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AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Officers with the Department of Public Safety are looking for three men who bailed out of a vehicle, leaving some 200 pounds of marijuana behind.

According to the DPS Duty Office, an officer tried to stop a vehicle on westbound Interstate 10 south of Riggs Road just after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

The Hispanic men in their 20s or 30s bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot into the desert.

Officers searched the vehicle and discovered about 200 pounds of marijuana. Two of the large bundles were behind the driver's and front passengers' seats. the rest were in the back of the vehicle.

"The estimated street value for the marijuana is $125,000," DPS spokesman Raul Garcia wrote in an email to media outlets.

The DPS helicopter was called in to help search for the suspects.

Officers reportedly had eyes on the men, but then lost sight of them.

No other descriptions of the suspects were immediately available.