Pinal County traffic pursuit leads to Mesa drop house

Juan Aguilar-Zavala Juan Aguilar-Zavala
Mario Perez-Paz Mario Perez-Paz

Pinal County Sheriff's deputies say two high-speed pursuits, which included suspects tossing bales of marijuana from a vehicle, have resulted in the discovery of an immigrant drop house in Maricopa County.

Deputies say arrested 9 of 10 occupants of a truck speeding on Interstate 8 near Stanfield on Wednesday morning.

The arrests led to a second pursuit several hours later in Casa Grande.

A deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle on Interstate 10 when the two occupants began throwing out bales of marijuana.

Once the vehicle came to a stop, deputies arrested 43-year-old Mario Perez-Paz, of Mexico, and 21-year-old Juan Aguilar-Zavala.

Deputies and U.S. Border Patrol say their destination was a stash house in Mesa, where authorities found 20 Guatemalan and Mexican immigrants who were in the country illegally.

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