MCSO: 10 arrested, drugs found at Phoenix house

PHOENIX - Authorities say 10 people have been arrested and bundles of marijuana seized at a home in Central Phoenix.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chris Hegstrom said the incident began when a detective patrolling in Buckeye noticed marijuana in the back of a car.

The detective called for backup and the car was followed to a house near 36th Street and Thomas Road where the drugs were dropped off. Four people then left and were arrested at a nearby Home Depot just as a search warrant was obtained.

The house was under surveillance and a SWAT team set up.

As the team approached the house to serve a search warrant there, six people were seen jumping over the fence at the house but all were arrested in the neighborhood.

Officials believe the home was used to stash undocumented immigrants and drugs.

Deputies found 17 bales of marijuana from Mexico and a stash of weapons. Officials said the drugs weighed approximately 300 pounds and is worth over $150,000. They also found around $5,000 in cash.

Officials said four of the 10 arrested are in the country illegally. All were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail and charged with felony drug and weapons charges.

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