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Four arrested in separate drug busts on I-17

Sheriff's deputies arrested four Nebraska residents ferrying methamphetamine in two separate incidents along I-17.

This past Thursday at about 4:45 p.m., officers stopped a white Mercury sedan for speeding and a lane change violation near Cordes Junction, according to Dwight D'Evelyn, a spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. A check showed the driver, Judy Dieter, 52, had a suspended license. A man, Joseph Schaefer, 53, lay across the backseat and a pit bull rode in the front.

After speaking to Dieter about the ownership of the car, which was registered in Colorado, deputies became suspicious. After a YCSO K9 unit arrived on the scene, K9 Elliot checked the car for narcotics and alerted. Inside the car, officers found three small packages of meth and a snorting tube in Dieter's purse. They opened the trunk and found a large package of methamphetamine, weighing more than three pounds. The drugs were hidden in the wheel well area of the vehicle.

Officers charged both Dieter and Schaefer with one count each of transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, and the two remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of $150,000 bond.

On Aug. 4, deputies arrested two suspects during a traffic stop on I-17 north. Using K9 Elliot the officers found more than four pounds of methamphetamine and slightly less than two pounds of cocaine, mostly behind a door panel in the vehicle, a Ford truck.

Officers charged Jess Antillon, 30, and Fabian Estrada-Antillon, 27, with transportation of dangerous drugs for sale. Antillon and Estrada-Antillon had outstanding warrants from their home state and authorities returned them to Nebraska, D'Evelyn said.

There was no evidence that the two cases are connected, he said.

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