GILA BEND, AZ - Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two men and seized nearly a half ton of marijuana near Gila Bend.
According to an MCSO press release, drug task force deputies responded to reports of drug smugglers traveling through the desert south of Gila Bend where they found three people, two on ATVs and a third driving a Ford utility box truck.
All vehicles were loaded with marijuana.
Two of the suspects were taken into custody but the third escaped into the desert, according to authorities.
Martin Aguirre, 43, and Mark Huffine, 51, were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on several drug charges. Aguirre faces additional charges of violation of promise to appear and driving with a suspended/revoked license.
Deputies seized the nearly half ton of marijuana along with the vehicles.