MCSO: Illegal immigrants had $2M worth of marijuana

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MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. -- Three illegal immigrants are facing felony drug charges for allegedly being in possession of millions of dollars worth of marijuana.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Drug Suppression Task Force recently found 3,500 pounds of pot in a vehicle that also contained Melchicedec Nini-Cabrera, Eucario Salano-Nino, and Jesus Ismael-Birgen.

MCSO deputies said the marijuana has an estimated value of $2 million.

“More and more illegal aliens are smuggling drugs into the country and it’s getting increasingly dangerous for my deputies,” said Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “This concern has prompted me to issue automatic weapons in the near future to all my deputies, including those detectives who work in the higher drug traffic areas like the desert in the near future.”

All three suspects were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on charges of possession and transportation of marijuana.