An SUV involved in a pursuit on Papago Road was found to have 280 pounds of marijuana inside. Submitted photo
Guadalupe Acosta-Gutierrez. PCSO photo
Guadalupe Acosta-Gutierrez. PCSO photo

A Mexican national was arrested Sunday on charges of smuggling 280 pounds of marijuana through Pinal County.

Guadalupe Acosta-Gutierrez, 22, was arrested after a pursuit on Papago Road.

Just after noon, a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop a silver Ford SUV for an alleged traffic violation on Papago Road, which is south of the Ak-Chin Indian Community. The driver, however, fled at speeds up to 70 mph until he crashed into a clump of trees north of West Jean Drive and North Glyde Drive.

He then fled on foot for half a mile before being nabbed by an Ak-Chin Police officer. He was identified as Acosta-Gutierrez of Sinaloa, Mexico.

According to the report, the SUV contained 20 bales of marijuana with a street value of about $140,000.

Acosta-Gutierrez was the only occupant of the vehicle. He was booked at Pinal County Jail pending charges of drug smuggling and felony flight.

 

The 20 bales have an estimated street value of $140,000. PCSO photo
The 20 bales have an estimated street value of $140,000. PCSO photo

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