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Sheriff's K9 unit nabs 2 men and 7 pounds of cocaine

(TOP) Emilio Lopez-Burgos, 30, of New Mexico, and (ABOVE) Isai Villasenor, 27, of Colorado.

(TOP) Emilio Lopez-Burgos, 30, of New Mexico, and (ABOVE) Isai Villasenor, 27, of Colorado.

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men on charges of transporting a controlled substance after deputies found seven pounds of cocaine in a hidden compartment of their SUV.

At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a Yavapai County Sheriff's K9 deputy saw a Dodge Durango with a New Mexico license plate speeding and following too closely on northbound Interstate 17 and stopped the driver in Cordes Lakes near milepost 265, said Dwight D'Evelyn, media and crime prevention coordinator for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, Emilio Lopez-Burgos, 30, of New Mexico, and his passenger, Isai Villasenor, 27, of Colorado seemed extremely nervous, D'Evelyn said.

When deputies spoke with the men separately, they told deputies different stories about where they were going and how they knew each other, D'Evelyn said.

"Each man claimed they were going to their respective home states," D'Evelyn said. "One said he'd known the other man several years, the other said he'd known the other several weeks. Their stories just fell apart from there."

Deputies searched the car after receiving the driver's consent and found a hidden compartment under the rear seat, D'Evelyn said. Deputies arrested the men, took the SUV to an auto yard nearby, and found packages that contained a total of seven pounds of cocaine in the compartment, D'Evelyn said.

"Both men told deputies they knew about the drugs," D'Evelyn said.

Deputies booked Lopez-Burgos and Villasenor into the county jail on charges of transportation and sales of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Both men remain in jail on $500,000 bond and will appear in court on Wednesday.

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