S.W.A.T stand-off nets 2000 lbs of marijuana, 5 in custody
Tucson Police say an anonymous tip reporting armed men in masks, some with body armor, led authorities to a west side industrial warehouse.
Officer Chuck Rydzak says the 2500 block of N. Dragoon St. near I-10 and Grant was first secured by under cover narcotics offices and other police late Saturday night.
He says multiple suspects were then detained outside the building while the S.W.A.T team moved into position.
Rydzak says there was no communication with remaining suspects inside the ware house after a two hour stand-off.
Armored S.W.A.T. vehicles crashed through a garage door gaining access inside the ware house after midnight.
Police found three crates with packaged marijuana bundles weighing about 20 lbs each. Additional bundles were found loaded onto a flat bed truck.
An official weight and street value has yet to be calculated.
They say additional suspects were found hiding in the ceiling.
Investigators say the ware house serves as a marijuana distribution station for delivery to other cities.
They are still trying to determine who owns the building and what roles the 5 suspects in custody play in the drug operation.
Rydzak says narcotics officers hope the drug bust leads to further arrests.
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11/22/2009 at 11:24AM by Tyler Wing