Pinal County deputies discover more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition

CREATED Dec 10, 2012

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Web Producer: Taylor Higgins
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Agents found more than 4,500 rounds of handgun ammunition in a stolen vehicle after a traffic pursuit Saturday. 
A Pinal County Sheriff's deputy was patrolling the I-8 corridor around 9:15 p.m. Saturday when they deputy observed a vehicle headed southbound on Stanfield Road, according to Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Department. 
The deputy checked the vehicle's registration and learned that the registered owner of the vehicle had reported the car stolen on Friday, Dec. 7. 
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver immediately left the roadway and began driving through the desert in a northwesterly direction, according to Gaffney. 
Agents from the Gila River Police Department and the Bureau of Land Management came in to assist the deputy in tracking the vehicle. 
The crew found the vehicle about a mile from the roadway after the driver had abandoned the car. Inside, agents discovered 4,550 rounds of .38 caliber Super+ P handgun ammunition.  
Sheriff Paul Babeu said, ".38 Super ammunition is very popular in Mexico where it's the most powerful pistol cartridge available to civilians. It is suspected that the stolen vehicle was being used as a southbound re-supply load vehicle transporting ammunition that was intended for unlawful / smuggling related purposes."