Maricopa anti-drug smuggling operation results in big pot bust

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1,333 pounds of marijuana were found in a trailer during operation Eagle Talon. By Andrew Michalscheck 1,333 pounds of marijuana were found in a trailer during operation Eagle Talon. By Andrew Michalscheck
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MARICOPA, Ariz. -- An anti-drug smuggling operation implemented by the Maricopa Police Department has resulted in the capture of 11 suspects and more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

The week-long operation, titled Eagle Talon, was comprised of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement.

Three separate traffic stops were made during Eagle Talon.

During one stop, authorities discovered that a vehicle towing a trailer contained 1,333 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value of $750,000.

The vehicle’s occupants were Mexican nationals Luis Vasques-Hernandez, 23, Anselmo Oliva-Pacheco, 31, and Jose Acosta, 24.

All three men were booked into the Pinal County Detention Center on several felony drug charges.

During Eagle Talon’s two other traffic stops the suspects fled on foot into the desert. They were eventually found and turned over to Border Patrol.