3 in custody after chase, drug bust in Pinal County - WNEM TV 5

3 in custody after chase, drug bust in Pinal County

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Deputies said they found four bundles of marijuana weighing 84 and worth an approximate street value of $63,000 inside a Nissan car. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Deputies said they found four bundles of marijuana weighing 84 and worth an approximate street value of $63,000 inside a Nissan car. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Omar Cota, 18, of Tucson, is suspected of driving the Nissan containing the marijuana. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Omar Cota, 18, of Tucson, is suspected of driving the Nissan containing the marijuana. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Juan Lopez-Guzman, 21, of Mexico, was a passenger in the Nissan and fled into the desert with Cota, deputies said. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Juan Lopez-Guzman, 21, of Mexico, was a passenger in the Nissan and fled into the desert with Cota, deputies said. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Eduardo Sanchez, 18, of Tucson was identified as the driver of the second car in the chase. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Eduardo Sanchez, 18, of Tucson was identified as the driver of the second car in the chase. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5) -

Two Tucson men and a man from Mexico were in the Pinal County Jail after a pursuit and marijuana bust on westbound Interstate 10 early Friday morning.

The chase started after a Pinal County sheriff's deputy said he tried to pull over two passenger vehicles for traffic violations about 1:15. a.m.

The deputy said a 1992 Nissan sedan was being followed one car length by a 2001 Oldsmobile sedan while both were traveling about 75 mph.

The deputy turned on his emergency lights and pulled in behind the lead Nissan, which slowed to about 40 mph, the deputy said.

The Oldsmobile then pulled alongside the front vehicle, the drivers exchanged words and the Nissan suddenly pulled to the side of the road and stopped, the driver and passenger running into the desert.

The second vehicle drove off but was eventually stopped by another deputy.

Deputies said they found four bundles of marijuana weighing 84 and worth an approximate street value of $63,000 inside the Nissan.

Deputies and members of the U.S. Border Patrol found the driver of the Nissan, 18-year-old Omar Cota of Tucson, and his passenger, Juan Lopez-Guzman, 21 of Mexico, in the desert.

Eduardo Sanchez, 18, of Tucson was identified as the driver of the second car and arrested by deputies.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said the three were booked into jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana, transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. Cota was also booked for felony flight.

Both vehicles and $1,800 in cash Cota had in his pants pocket were seized.

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