Igancio Nunez arrested for attempting to smuggle marijuana, illegal immigrants into Phoenix

PHOENIX - The Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested a man for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs and illegal immigrants into Phoenix on Wednesday.

Around 5 a.m., a Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a truck speeding on Highway 84, according to a report from the PCSO.

The vehicle failed to yield but eventually stopped after it ran into a concrete culvert about 15 miles from Casa Grande.

Shortly after crashing, two Hispanic males ran out as well as the driver, who was chased down.

Deputies seized 20 bundles of packaged marijuana  with an estimated street value of $315,000 from the bed of the truck.

The driver, later identified as 25-year-old Ignacio Nunez, was taken into custody and booked for possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and felony flight.

Nunez told police he was offered $2,000 to pick up the marijuana and illegal immigrants from a location south of Highway 84 and take them to Phoenix.

He said he knew it was illegal but wanted the money to help his sick parents in Mexico.

Members of the U.S. Border Patrol assisted deputies in searching for the two passengers who fled on foot, but they have yet to be located.

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