Arizona Department of Public Safety officers confiscated about 180 pounds of marijuana from a white Ford Explorer at Warner Road and Interstate 10 near Ahwatukee Foothills Monday morning.
Of the two suspects who fled on foot, the driver was arrested soon after at a Circle K at Warner Road and 51st Street, said Department of Public Safety Officer Marc Snyder. The driver did not possess a valid driver's license or speak English, Snyder said.
The other suspect remained on the loose Monday morning and Snyder said a police helicopter circled the area east of I-10 looking for a Hispanic male in his late 20s wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
"Right when they stopped, the doors opened, and they started running," Snyder said.
The truck was traveling northbound on I-10 just before 8 a.m. when officers initiated the stop. Inside, they found 18 bales of marijuana, each weighing about 10 pounds, Snyder said.
"He was weaving real bad," Snyder added.
When the truck became blocked by traffic on the northbound off-ramp at Warner Road, the two suspects ran off in different directions, according to Snyder. The vehicle's intended destination is undetermined, he said.
"They're not giving us any information," Snyder said.
Such drug busts are fairly common, with DPS generally conducting a couple of them a week, Snyder said.