NEW PORT RICHEY — Authorities arrested one man and detained another Tuesday after the U.S. Border Patrol pulled over a vehicle on Interstate 75.
Pasco County sheriff's deputies said the Border Patrol stopped a Ford Explorer with Arizona tags about 9 a.m. near Mile Marker 287, about a mile and a half north of the State Road 52 exit. The occupants were described as two men of Cuban descent.
Drugs were visible in the car, deputies said. A 55-year-old passenger, who was not identified, was taken into federal custody while the driver fled the scene. Deputies found the driver after a report of a stolen red Ford truck near Neon Cowboy, on SR 52 about a mile west of the interstate.
Deputies later found the truck on I-75 and arrested the driver, Alberto Rodriguez Gonzalez, 57. He was charged with grand theft.
The Drug Enforcement Agency and Florida Highway Patrol were assisting, deputies said. It was not immediately clear why Border Patrol agents pulled over the vehicle.