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Pursuits Tied to Smuggling
 
Posted: 3/5/2013 12:00 AM
 
On Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 3:07 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was traveling eastbound on Highway 84 from Russell Road. The deputy attempted to stop a vehicle after he had observed it speeding. The driver failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated. The vehicle was traveling at 80 mph in a 55 mph zone. The vehicle slowed down suddenly and then turned back westbound onto Highway 84. When the vehicle turned around, the driver’s side rear tire came off of the vehicle.

The vehicle accelerated and continued westbound. The vehicle eventually turned into a muddy farm field and attempted to get away. The vehicle became stuck and the driver and passenger ran from the vehicle.

         

The driver and passenger were both caught and identified as Dimas Daniel Orundo-Lopez (age 40) and the passenger was identified as Claudio Santiago Orduno-Canez (age 27). Both admitted they were in the United States illegally.

Inside of the vehicle, deputies located 35 bundles of packaged marijuana which weighed 759 pounds. The marijuana had a street value of $569,250.

Lopez (below left photo) and Canez (below right photo) were both booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for Possession of Marijuana for Sale, Transportation of Marijuana for Sale and Lopez was also charged with Felony Flight.

    

On Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:30 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a Chevy truck near Alsdorf Road and Eleven Mile Corner in Eloy after the driver was observed committing several traffic violations. The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit lasted for several minutes and during the pursuit the driver was speeding and running stop signs.

The vehicle eventually was traveling southbound on La Palma Road and then turned westbound onto Shedd Road and then turned southbound into the desert field. The driver of the vehicle obviously did not know about the concrete irrigation canal until it was almost too late. The driver swerved to avoid it and lost control of his vehicle.

After coming to a stop, the driver and nine passengers fled the vehicle. Deputies, members of the U.S. Border Patrol and PCSO Air Unit all searched for the individuals. Seven of the individuals were located, detained and later turned over to U.S. Border Patrol for processing.

On Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 10 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit was on Standfield Road near Peters Road when the suspect vehicle drove into the desert. Several suspects bailed out of the vehicle and ran into the desert. With the assistance of the PCSO Air Unit and Border Patrol Agents, all of the individuals were located and turned over to U.S. Border Patrol for processing.
Public Information Officer

Tim Gaffney
520.705.8124
pcsopio@pinalcountyaz.gov



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