Police bust suspected 'major' Prescott pot dealer
Prescott police arrested a man this past Saturday on charges including possession of marijuana for sale after they served a search warrant and found more than 23 pounds of marijuana, a digital scale, and baggies of marijuana as well as $3,186 in cash.
Officers booked Miguel Rosalio Montes, 22, of Prescott, into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of possession of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving under the influence of drugs.
"The Special Enforcement Section conducted an investigation involving reported drug activity in the area of 100 South Willow Street," said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department. "Upon completion of a lengthy investigation, a search warrant was issued for 130 South Willow Street."
At 10:50 a.m. officers saw Montes drive away from his home, stopped him at the intersection of Gurley Street and Summit Avenue, and took him into custody, according to the police report.
The officer told Montes about the search warrant for his person and his home and asked him if there were any drugs at his home. According to investigators, Montes told the officer he had 15 pounds of marijuana at his home, but officers searching the home found 23 pounds.
"Detectives believe that Montes was a dealer selling large quantities of marijuana in the Prescott area," Reinhardt said. "With 23 pounds of marijuana in his home, I would consider him a major dealer."
Officers found many baggies with small amounts of marijuana and marijuana pipes, marijuana bongs, a digital scale with residue, pipes, and a Tupperware container of marijuana in the living room of Montes' home, according to the police report.
In the dining room, officers found several rolls of clear plastic wrap and baggies used to package the marijuana and another digital scale with marijuana residue. Officers found a black suitcase with three-quarters of a pound of marijuana inside it in the dining room closet, according to the police report.
In the bedroom, officers found two pounds of marijuana and a glass marijuana pipe inside a white cooler at the foot of the bed, a 20-pound compressed brick of marijuana hidden in a pillow case in the bedroom closet, one-quarter of a pound of marijuana in a dresser, and two wooden boxes and a coffee mug with more than $3,000 in cash, according to the police report.
Prescott police K-9 Basso alerted on the car Montes had been driving when officers stopped him.
Montes told officers that he goes to Phoenix twice a month in that car to pick up 50 pounds of marijuana each time from a distributor, and return to Prescott to sell it here, according to the police report.
Montes told police he would sell about $160,000 in marijuana each month.
Montes told officers the cash they found in the bedroom came from selling marijuana.
Officers told Montes the search warrant included his blood and urine, which he provided. Montes' urine tested positive for marijuana, so he was also charged with DUI drugs.