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PCSO: Pursuit and crash leads to illegal pot

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Posted at 4:33 PM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 18:33:25-05

A pursuit and crash lead to the arrest of a drug smuggler in the town of Maricopa Sunday afternoon.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, 22-year-old, Guadalupe Acosta-Gutierrez of Sinaloa, Mexico was spotted by a deputy just South of the Ak-Chin Indian Community.

The deputy attempted to stop him for a traffic violation when he fled, reaching speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.

He later crashed in to some trees, fled on foot and was caught about a half mile away.  

Inside the Ford SUV was 20 bales of marijuana weighing about 280 pounds valued at $140,000. 

Guadalupe Acosta-Gutierrez was alone in the SUV and will face charges of drug smuggling and felony flight.