400 Pounds of Abandoned Marijuana Found in Forest Service Worth $648K

07 January 2020  
Over 400 pounds of Marijuana found Abandoned on remote Yavapai County lands     

On January 3, 2020, around 8AM, YCSO deputies were called to US Forest Service land outside of Rimrock, Arizona, regarding several unattended packages of marijuana. The initial find involved US Forest Service personnel who thought the pile was simply trash until closer inspection. There was no immediate evidence as to ownership or suspects involved. The packages were vacuum sealed. During a search of the area, deputies located another package that contained several sheets of pre-packaged THC wax. 

There were over 30 packages of marijuana weighing a total of 48 pounds.  

Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) detectives were contacted and will be handling the investigation. 

 At approximately 2 PM the same day, PANT detectives were notified by the Sedona Police Department regarding found packages containing marijuana. Sedona Police had received a phone call about suspicious packages discovered in a wooded area within city limits. PANT detectives arrived to assist officers and noted the packages were similar in appearance to those found earlier on US Forest Service Land. There were more than 230 packages, each weighing around 1.5 pounds, and a total weight at 357 pounds. A package containing THC wax was also located and weighed about 7.5 pounds. 

PANT detectives estimate the street value of the marijuana at $648,000 and over $100,000 for the THC wax. The investigation into both these seizures is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the packages and/or suspect(s) involved, is urged to call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. A direct tip that leads to arrests in this case becomes eligible for a cash reward. 

Please remember that if you come across materials like this, alert law enforcement immediately. Contraband loads may be bobby-trapped and/or may contain dangerous chemicals/additives which could be harmful to humans. Don’t take a chance, especially if it is not clearly evident as to the content upon sight. 

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

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Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator

Website: www.ycsoaz.gov