A horse being hauled across Arizona was sharing his trailer with more than a ton of marijuana, authorities say.
The picture released by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows the poor animal having to stand among the wrapped parcels of dope.
Authorities with the Santa Cruz County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Investigative Task Force foiled the drug-smuggling attempt on Thursday, seizing more than 2900 pounds of marijuana from the horse trailer on Highway 82 near Nogales.
During the course of a drug smuggling investigation, the task force learned that a vehicle traveling along Highway 82 from Patagonia to Nogales was pulling a trailer possibly laden with marijuana.
Task force members, along with deputies from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, started surveillance in the area and sighted a vehicle pulling a horse trailer that failed to stay in its lane.
A sheriff’s deputy pulled the vehicle over. As soon as the vehicle came to a stop, the male driver fled the scene. He remains at large.
Inside the vehicle and horse trailer, authorities found 116 bundles of marijuana, weighing more than 2900 pounds, as well as a horse.
No arrests have yet been made in the case, which remains under investigation.
The horse was turned over to Santa Cruz County Animal Control.
The task force combats organized crime in Santa Cruz County by targeting drug trafficking organizations and providers, local distributors, stash houses and drug transportation cells.
Full-time members of the task force include Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Border Patrol, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office and the Nogales Police Department.