Maricopa County sheriff's deputies said the 3,000 pounds of marijuana found at this Phoenix home Tuesday night is worth about $1.5 million.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Maricopa County sheriff's deputies landed a large marijuana bust, but are still looking for a suspect on the run.
Deputies said more than 3,000 pounds of pot with a street value of about $1.5 million was found in a house near Thomas Road and 91st Avenue in west Phoenix about 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Deputies said they have one suspect in custody. He's identified as Luis Alberto Lara-Lopez, who admitted to being in the country illegally. He was apprehended and jailed by sheriff's deputies after a brief vehicle and foot pursuit. The vehicle he used to temporarily flee police contained more than 200 pounds of marijuana, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.
Neighbors told CBS 5 News they had seen suspicious behavior at the house for more than a decade, though they weren't more specific.
Deputies said they believe a family with several children was living in the home. Bails of packaged marijuana were found in nearly every room, including the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms, Arpaio said.
No other information was immediately available.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.
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