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2 men arrested after running from I-10 traffic stop; found at dairy farm

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What started out as a traffic stop along the freeway, turned into a Department of Public Safety pursuit that ended in the desert south of the valley.

A couple of suspected drug smugglers ran off, but ended up getting caught at a dairy farm -- a place they surely didn't expect to be -- with 6,500 cows.

All this happened around 7:20 a.m. Thursday and within a couple hours, it was all over.

The plan was to deliver bales of marijuana somewhere north of Casa Grande, not to hide out among thousands of dairy cows, but that's not what happened after DPS officers stopped a Buick Regal for a traffic violation on Interstate 10 near McCartney Road.

Two men inside the vehicle bailed out, leaving two bales of pot and their handguns behind.

"Those individuals were wearing camouflage trousers and black sweatshirts.. warm weather gear," said DPS's Raul Garcia.

The suspects hot-footed it into the desert and after a few miles, they found themselves face to face with a row of calves.

With DPS, Border Patrol, Pinal County Sheriff's deputies, Casa Grande Police and K-9s in hot pursuit, the men ran into a building and told the workers inside not to call anyone -- didn't work.  The men surrendered without a fight.

"Oh, it is pretty crazy to think of.. we don't get so much excitement out here, so that was pretty exciting all the way from the freeway, that is long way for them to try to make it," said David Dugan of Dugan Dairies.

DPS has the suspects' car, their drugs and their guns.

Dugan Dairies got back to business.

"We have about 6,500 cows on location.  My family owns 20,000 altogether.  Just drink milk.  Three a day.. three servings," said Dugan.

There were two women in the car with the suspects when DPS officers did the traffic stop.  They didn't run.  All four were arrested.  Their names were not released.

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