Pursuit in Pinal County leads to marijuana discovery, 2 arrested

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PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- A pursuit in Pinal County Friday led to the discovery of car full of marijuana and a suspected illegal immigrant.

The U.S. Border Patrol was following a Ford Thunderbird with 18-year-old Daniel Alvarado driving, and 19-year-old Jose Juan Cantu Millanes in the passenger seat, after they refused to stop for a traffic stop just after 8:30 a.m., according the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

PCSO deputies joined the chase. Border Patrol then deployed spikes, and the front right tire was hit. But Alvarado kept going.

The pair drove north on Indian Route 15, but eventually crashed into another vehicle in Casa Grande.

Alvarado didn't stop, and Casa Grande Police officers joined in the pursuit.  The suspects headed east on Highway 84 towards Eloy.

According PCSO, the car stopped at Alsdorf and Highway 84 in Eloy, and Alvarado and Millanes ran off. With the help of their helicopter, deputies were able to arrest both suspects in the carport of a resident in the 400 block of Hinton Street.

"These two individuals showed they have no respect for law enforcement and no regard for the safety of the public," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "They attempted to flee in a vehicle and when they thought they could get away on foot they tried. Little did they know our air unit was above them and directed deputies on the ground directly to them."

When deputies searched the car, they found 12 bundles of packaged marijuana which weighed approximately 240 pounds, according to PCSO. The street value of the marijuana is estimated to be $180,000.

Both men were booked on charges of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Additionally, Alvarado will be charged with felony flight and leaving the scene of an accident. Millanes, from Mexico, was placed on an immigration hold.