Deputies arrest five for drug smuggling in Casa Grande

CASA GRANDE, AZ - Five people were taken into custody for drug smuggling in the Casa Grande area on Tuesday, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. 

According to deputies, on Tuesday night a K-9 unit conducted a traffic stop on a pickup truck on Interstate 10 at milepost 195 for a traffic violation. 

As the deputy approached the vehicle, he reportedly saw four men dressed in camouflage trying to hide inside the truck. 

The driver of the vehicle, 18-year-old Jorge Ocampo, was taken into custody after the deputy reportedly smelled the odor of raw marijuana. 

The four passengers were removed and were found to be wearing camouflage clothing and carpet shoes, according to deputies.

“The camouflage and carpet shoes are a strong indication of drug smuggling. Our K9 unit plays a large role in our efforts to interdict drugs before it makes it to Phoenix and spreads to the rest of our country,” said Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb in a news release. 

After a search of the vehicle, deputies say they found several bundles of marijuana in the bed of the pickup truck that weighed 150 pounds.

The four camouflaged suspects were then turned over to the United States Border Patrol.

Ocampo was booked into jail for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and transportation of marijuana for sale. 

 

 

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