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2 arrested after 282 pounds of pot found in an SUV

2 arrested after 282 pounds of pot found in an SUV

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Sep 18, 2013

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Two Casa Grande men are in custody after nearly 300 pounds of marijuana was found in their SUV stopped by authorities in Maricopa.
   
Pinal County Sheriff's officials say 42-year-old Benito Alvarado Gonzalez and 21-year-old Benito Joseph Garcia are being held on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale.
   
Gonzalez and Garcia told detectives they were going to be paid $6,000 to traffic the marijuana and an additional $300 per individual they smuggled into the U.S. illegally.
   
Authorities say two men ran away from the SUV and into the desert after the vehicle was stopped about 1 a.m. Tuesday.
   
Inside of the vehicle, deputies found six bundles of marijuana wrapped in burlap weighing 282 pounds with a street value of about $211,000.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.