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GILA BEND, Ariz. -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has arrested two people accused of smuggling nearly a half-ton of marijuana, but a third suspect remains at large.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said deputies on a drug task force responded to reports Saturday of smuggling activity in the desert south of Gila Bend.

Arpaio said deputies came across two people on all-terrain vehicles and another driving a Ford truck.

He said the truck contained bundles of marijuana, amounting to nearly 1,000 pounds.

Deputies have booked Martin Aguirre and Mark Huffine into a Phoenix jail on drug charges.

Authorities said the third suspect was able to flee into the desert.

Associated Press,

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