PHOENIX - Phoenix police are investigating a large scale marijuana bust in north Phoenix.
Police were called to a townhouse complex near 20th Street and Beardsley Road just after 3 a.m. Wednesday for reports of a fight.
When they arrived, police reportedly found dozens of bails of marijuana inside a garage.
Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said officers found five males bound with zip ties inside the house. One of the men had been struck and injured.
Police on scene estimated the marijuana was around 200 pounds worth. Martos referred to it as a "stash house."
Martos said between six and 10 Hispanic males forced their way into the townhouse, loaded up three vans, and fled the scene. He said one of the suspects was wearing a police "raid" shirt, posing as an officer. Two of the vans were white, the third was gray, Martos said.
Martos said investigators believe the packages taken contained marijuana.
Martos said police believe the five men found in the house are in the country illegally and had only been here a few days.
Police said the incident was not a random home invasion and believe the suspects targeted the house. The relationship between the suspects and the men found in the home was not immediately known.
Martos said the five men in the house were believed to have been there to protect the drugs or help move them.
Martos said the men in the townhouse were taken to the police station for further questioning and will likely be charged with possession of marijuana.
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