3K pounds of marijuana found in west Phoenix home

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Maricopa County sheriff's deputies found 3,000 pounds of marijuana at a west Phoenix home. By Jennifer Thomas Maricopa County sheriff's deputies found 3,000 pounds of marijuana at a west Phoenix home. By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX -- A man was taken into custody after Maricopa County sheriff's deputies found 3,000 pounds of marijuana at a west Phoenix home.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said his office received a tip on Tuesday and found about $1.5 million worth of marijuana inside a home near 91st Avenue and Thomas Road where two males were suspected of drug trafficking.

According to the sheriff's office, nearly every room was stuffed with bails of packaged marijuana.

Deputies apprehended Luis Alberto Lara-Lopez, 27, after a brief vehicle and foot pursuit. Deputies said he admitted to being in the country illegally.

Arpaio said the Nissan Sentra in which Lopez tried to flee contained more than 200 pounds of marijuana.

The second suspect remains at large. He is described only as a Hispanic male.

Arpaio said neighbors at the scene told him they had been complaining for years that something illegal was going on in the house.

Arpaio said the large find of marijuana is a record singular seizure for his office.

Deputies said the home was being lived in by what appears to be a family with a number of small children.

"Anytime you get this quantity of drugs, it's drug cartel business," Arpaio said. "Exposing small children to this kind of illegal activity, to this amount of drugs and to the level of danger often associated with the drug cartels is reprehensible."