Bales of marijuana were hurled out of a truck Wednesday during a high speed chase on Interstate 8 in Arizona.

According to police, much of the evidence was lost because motorists stopped to pick up the marijuana that had been tossed by the two male occupants in the truck.

Jim Knupp, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said that a deputy spotted the 2006 white Trailblazer traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to perform a traffic stop, KSDK reported. 

"The vehicle began to accelerate to speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour and the occupants began to throw bales of marijuana out of the vehicle onto the roadway," Knupp stated. 

The chase ended when police laid down spike strips, which deflated the truck's tires. 

KSDK reported that the men identified as 43-year-old Mario Perez-Paz and 21-year-old Juan Aguilar-Zavala, fled from the truck and were successfully arrested by police shortly after.

The police investigation led to the discovery of a stash house in Mesa where officials found 20 illegal immigrants from Mexico and Guatemala.

Roughly 375 pounds of marijuana was collected in the investigation by police. The men are facing a number of charges, including conspiracy to transport drugs for sale and unlawful flight from law enforcement. 


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