The driver of the vehicle was Matias Lopez (age 43 of Eloy) and the passenger was Javier Rios (age 18 of Mexico).
While speaking with the driver and passenger, the deputy could see in plain view three bundles of what appeared to be marijuana. The bundles still had the backpacking straps attached to them. In the bed of the truck, the deputy could see a fourth backpack bundle.
The deputy could also smell a strong odor of the marijuana as well. A check of the bundles confirmed in fact they contained package marijuana. The marijuana weighed 205 pounds with a street value of $153,750.
Lopez and Rios were arrested for one count each of Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Transportation of Marijuana for Sale. Both were booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for these charges. Additionally an immigration hold was placed on Rios as he admitted he is in the United States illegally.