Pot smugglers thwarted by fatal crash

2013-02-07T09:03:00Z Pot smugglers thwarted by fatal crashCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 07, 2013 9:03 am  • 

A man who was a passenger in a vehicle — apparently hauling marijuana bales — was killed in a two-vehicle crash southwest of the city Wednesday night, authorities said.

Deputies of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the 7:15 p.m. crash in the intersection of South Sorrel Lane and West Tetakusim Road, said Deputy Tom Peine, a sheriff’s department spokesman.

A white SUV Ford Explorer was traveling east on Tetakusim Road, and a Nissan car was headed south on Sorrell Lane when the vehicles collided in the intersection, Peine said.

The SUV then struck a wall and came to rest on its roof in a front yard of a house in the 7500 block of South Fitzwater Avenue, said Peine. No one was injured at the house, he said.

Paramedics of the Drexel Heights Fire District took a woman, who was driving the sedan, to a hospital, said Peine.

A helicopter airlifted a man in the SUV to a hospital, and another man in the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene, Peine said.

Investigators found out that six people were traveling in the SUV, and four got out of the vehicle after the crash.

A truck pulled up to the scene and the four people began to load what appeared to be marijuana bales into the truck. Two people climbed into the truck and left the area, and it is unknown what happened to the other two, Peine said.

Inside the SUV, deputies found a burlap bag, which appeared to contain marijuana, said Peine. A search of the vehicle had not been done late Wednesday night.

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