Highway Patrol officers seized around 1,000 pounds of marijuana mixed in with a load of spinach in a semi truck during a drug bust on Interstate 40 Tuesday.
According to information from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a commercial vehicles enforcement officer stopped the truck for an equipment violation around 9:24 a.m. on eastbound I-40 at milepost 197, near the East Butler Avenue exit. A K-9 unit was brought in to assist in searching the vehicle.
Inside, officers found roughly 1,000 pounds of marijuana mixed in with a load of spinach. Officers moved the semi to the Walmart on East Huntington Drive so they could use the store’s loading dock to remove the massive amount of drugs from the vehicle.
They were still in the process of unloading it Tuesday evening.
The driver and another individual were arrested and booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility on charges of transportation of felony possession or use of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of drugs for sale. It is not yet clear whether they could face additional charges in the case. At this point, DPS is not releasing the names of the suspects.
The investigation into where the drugs originated and where they were heading is ongoing.
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