TUCSON, Ariz. – Department of Public Safety troopers, participating in Operation Stonegarden, arrested two U.S. citizens caught with almost 300 pounds of marijuana following a pursuit on Interstate 10 near Tucson on Sept. 7.
Troopers attempted to stop a 2010 Ford pickup on I-10, near State Route 83, but the driver failed to yield Thursday evening. A DPS helicopter crew monitored the vehicle’s movement until it came to a stop and guided troopers to arrest two occupants attempting to flee from the vehicle on foot near Irvington and Palo Verde Road.
Troopers arrested the 31-year-old driver and 24-year-old passenger, and seized the marijuana valued at almost $150,000.
Operation Stonegarden is a Department of Homeland Security program that grants funds to other law enforcement agencies to enhance and strengthen border security throughout the United States. For more information regarding this seizure, please contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety at (602) 223-2000.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.