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Mesa police find 710 pounds of pot in abandoned van

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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 4:00 pm

When Mesa police responded to a report of a possible stolen vehicle at the Waterstone apartment complex last week, they discovered a lot more inside the van — 710 pounds of marijuana.

Police responded to a call about a suspicious van at the complex, 1651 S. Dobson Road, about 7:30 p.m. March 21, and soon after had confiscated about three dozen bales containing the drug.

The van, a 2006 Ford Econoline, was not stolen, but officers noticed an “overwhelming odor of marijuana” coming from inside the van. When the officer looked inside the van’s windows, he noticed bales of marijuana covered by a tarp.

Police brought in a canine officer, which quickly was alerted to the van, police said.

No one was seen near or inside the van, and at this time police have not been able to connect anyone to the van or the large amount of marijuana, valued at $355,000 or $500 a pound.

The 710 pounds of pot was not the largest drug find in Mesa, but the amount was unusual to find in a van, said Sgt. Ed Wessing, a Mesa police spokesman.

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