Border Patrol agents and sheriff's deputies arrested three men following a chase Sunday morning where the suspects threw marijuana bundles from their truck west of Tucson, Customs and Border Protection said.
Agents patrolling near Ajo on Arizona 85 attempted to pull over a northbound Chevrolet pickup truck. The truck sped away from agents, who followed the vehicle. Agents witnessed the occupants of the truck throw bundles of marijuana from the vehicle as they tried to evade capture.
Pima County sheriff's deputies joined in the pursuit and followed the truck to a rural road where it struck a fence. The three men in the truck ran away into the desert but were later apprehended.
Agents and deputies recovered all the marijuana, including two bundles still inside the truck. The marijuana weighed about 200 pounds and was worth about $100,000, the CBP said.
The three men — two Mexican nationals and a U.S. citizen — were arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling. The two illegal immigrants also face immigration violations.