YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Authorities have seized over 400 pounds of marijuana found abandoned in Yavapai County.
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called to U.S. Forest Service land outside of Rimrock, Arizona on Jan. 3 after several unattended packages of marijuana were found. U.S. Forest Service personnel initially thought the pile was trash until closer inspection.
YCSO said there was no immediate evidence of who owned the packages or the suspects involved. The packages were vacuum sealed and during a search of the area, YCSO said deputies located another package that contained several sheets of pre-packaged THC wax.
YCSO said there were over 30 packages of marijuana weighing a total of 48 pounds. The Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) detectives were contacted and assumed the investigation.
Later that day, PANT detectives were notified by the Sedona Police Department regarding found packages containing marijuana. YCSO said the Sedona Police Department received a phone call about the suspicious packages discovered in a wooded area within city limits. PANT detectives arrived and noted the packages were similar in appearance to the packages found earlier on the U.S. Forest Service land.
YCSO said there were more than 230 packages found, each weighing around 1.5 pounds, and a total weight at 357 pounds. A package containing THC wax was also located and weighed about 7.5 pounds.
YCSO said PANT detectives estimate the street value of the marijuana at $648,000 and over $100,000 for the THC wax. The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding these packages and/or the suspects involved is urged to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. A direct tip that leads to an arrest becomes eligible for a cash reward.
YCSO said anyone who comes across materials like is is urged to contact authorities immediately. "Contraband loads may be booby-trapped and/or may contain dangerous chemicals/additives which could be harmful to humans"