Semi-truck drug load squashed
Web Producer: Simone Del Rosario
At the bottom of 32 large cardboard vegetable bins filled with squash,
The driver, Norberto De La Vega, 59, of
A Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled the truck over for traffic violations when the driver started making erratic movements on the interstate after spotting the deputy’s marked vehicle in the median.
When the deputy approached the truck, he immediately smelled marijuana. De La Vega told the deputy he was returning to
The deputy retrieved his canine partner, who alerted immediately on the trailer, which is when the Narcotic Task Force was called for backup.
“Thanks to our alert K-9 handler and his dog, this load was squashed,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said. “Our office will begin forfeiture proceedings on the semi-truck and trailer which were used to transport the marijuana.”
After the evidence was secured and all parties declined ownership of the load, the Sheriff’s Office donated the squash to St. Mary’s Food Bank.