22 Arrested, 347 pounds of marijuana seized in Pinal County

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- Twenty-two individuals were arrested between Jan. 23 and Jan. 31 in an operation executed by Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputies and United States Border Patrol, resulting in a seizure of 347 pounds of marijuana, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

The operation concentrated on combating the flow of drugs through Pinal County. Multiple agencies partnered to perform the operation.

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office units pursued and detained a vehicle traveling on Highway 238 attempting to enter Maricopa County on Jan. 23. Four suspects were arrested and 147 pounds of marijuana were seized in the arrest.

On Jan. 26 deputies apprehended 20 suspects within one hour through routine traffic stops. Officers seized 57 pounds of marijuana from two of the three cars. Twelve suspects from the vehicles were booked into the Pinal County Sheriff’s Jail, and all of the occupants in the third car were handed over to border patrol agents.

In the final leg of the operation on Jan. 31, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office units stopped two vehicles on the outskirts of Maricopa County, resulting in the seizure of 143 pounds of marijuana and five more suspect arrests.

"The federal government’s failed ability to secure our border allows for the free-flow of drugs into our communities and drug activities such as those interdicted through this operation are known to occur in the Hidden Valley-area with high frequency," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "We will continue to take the fight to these individuals who actively support drug cartels by smuggling drugs into the United States."