On Tuesday, July 16, at 3:58 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office – K-9 Deputy was traveling westbound on Interstate-8 near Interstate-10. He initiated a traffic stop on a car traveling westbound after he observed a traffic violation.
The deputy turned on his emergency lights and the vehicle failed to stop but instead crossed over the eastbound lanes of traffic and then stopped suddenly. The doors to the vehicle opened and the Hispanic male driver and front seat passenger fled on foot. Both suspects were chased into a nearby trailer park.
Responding deputies set up a perimeter. The passenger Felipe Gonzalez-Tempura, 19, of Mexico, was located and taken into custody. Felipe had received injuries when he fled after he attempted to climb over a barbwire fence while running. The driver was not located at this time.
Inside of the vehicle, deputies located ten packaged bundles of marijuana, which weighed approximately 220 pounds with a street value of more than $165,000. The marijuana was seized along with the vehicle.
Felipe was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Transportation of Marijuana.
At 8:20 p.m. a citizen reported a suspicious person at the Pride Gas Station in the 7100 block of Sunland Gin Road. A detective from the Eloy Police Department along with a deputy from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded. Workers from the truck stop said the individual had told them deputies were looking for him because he had fled from a traffic stop. The detective and deputy located the individual and he was immediately recognized as the driver who had fled the prior traffic stop. As they attempted to take him into custody, he began to fight with the detective and a deputy. After a short struggle he was taken into custody.
The suspect was taken to the United States Border Patrol Office to be identified. He was identified as Daniel Jupa-Fino, 21, from Sonora Mexico. Border Patrol officials told deputies Daniel had been deported 11 prior times during the last three years for illegal entry into the United States.
Daniel was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sale and Transportation of Marijuana.
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “These criminal illegals smuggled marijuana into the United States and when stopped they both fled from law enforcement. The driver of the vehicle who has already been deported 11 prior times physically fought with deputies. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration and Gang of 8 is making plans for Green Cards and a path to citizenship for 11-20 million illegals. We must enforce the law and secure the border prior to any discussion of immigration reform.”