Nearly 100 pounds of marijuana seized by Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy

On Tuesday April 3rd 2018, just before 4 p.m. Pinal County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a blue Chevrolet HHR for a moving violation on Interstate 10 near mile marker 215.

Juan Espinoza, 59, was driving the vehicle. During the stop, our deputy noticed inconsistencies. A search of the vehicle was conducted. Deputies uncovered 72 bundles of marijuana. The drugs were concealed in the floor of the vehicle, underneath the factory installed carpet.

“The cartel and drug traffickers always go out of their way to find creative ways to hide the drugs they bring into our state and country. But our deputies are well trained,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “This stop was conducted during traffic enforcement efforts, thanks to their hard work and training, they were able to stop those drugs from getting any further into our state.”

Espinoza is facing several drug charges to include transportation and possession of marijuana.