Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Wednesday on charges including possession of a stolen firearm after they stopped him on Interstate 40 for several traffic violations, found the .40 caliber handgun and learned it was reported stolen from Oklahoma City.
A deputy booked Reef Van Goodwin, 34, of Fresno, Calif., into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges including possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor, possession of marijuana, possession or use of a deadly weapon, theft, and promotion of prison contraband.
Goodwin remains in custody on a $100,000 bond, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies pulled Goodwin over for driving 60 mph in the fast lane of I-40, an illegal lane change and license plate obstruction.
After stopping the white 1987 Dodge van near milepost 138, the deputy smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the van and saw a pit bull dog inside. Goodwin said he was driving to Fresno after buying the van in Oklahoma.
While checking Goodwin for weapons, deputies found $2,500 in his pocket, part of which was wrapped in plastic, D'Evelyn said.
After Goodwin contained his dog, deputies searched the van for the source of the marijuana odor and found a .22 caliber handgun, a .40 caliber handgun, and $7,450 wrapped in plastic inside a duffle bag in the van, D'Evelyn said.
A Sheriff's Office K9 alerted on the cash indicating it was associated with drug activity, and the van and cash were seized for possible forfeiture pending further investigation and court review, D'Evelyn said.
During a jail search, deputies found eight marijuana cigarettes hidden in Goodwin's clothing, D'Evelyn said.