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Man Convicted In Arizona Marijuana Case Arrested In Michigan

July 27, 2018 - 8:23 am

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A man convicted of transporting nearly 600 pounds of marijuana inside a big rig in Arizona has been arrested in Michigan.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office says 63-year-old Alphonso Taylor was taken into custody by federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents in the metro Detroit area.

Taylor now is awaiting extradition to Arizona for sentencing.

A Phoenix jury last week found him guilty of conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise and transportation of marijuana for sale. Officials say Taylor attended trial but failed to appear for the reading of the guilty verdict.

The Case

In June 2013, detectives and agents with the DEA's task force in Arizona initiated this investigation when they overheard Taylor’s phone conversation in a convenience store about working with an outlaw motorcycle gang.

During the investigation that followed, agents observed Taylor driving a semi-truck and worked with troopers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety to conduct a traffic stop. After a search of the trailer, troopers discovered 13 duffel bags which held 25 bundles of marijuana inside the trailer. The total weight of the marijuana seized was 594 pounds.