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YCSO stops big rig, finds more than 100 pounds of pot on board

CORDES JUNCTION - A semi tractor-trailer, pulled over on I-17 for equipment violations, turned out to be carrying more than 100 pounds of marijuana, said a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

The truck was headed northbound on Jan. 18 at about 9:15 p.m. when a YCSO deputy stopped it for violations involving the tractor, said sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn. While the deputy was discussing the problems with the driver, Terrance Blakey, 37, and his passenger Kevin Jones, 38, both from Missouri, the deputy "developed information that the vehicle likely contained drug-related contraband," said D'Evelyn.

D'Evelyn said the deputy also found a false set of log books.

The pair refused to give the deputy permission to search the big rig, so he did an exterior search with his K9 partner, who alerted on the passenger side of the cab, said D'Evelyn.

That gave them probable cause for an interior search of the cab, and deputies found four large bales in the sleeper cab with more than 100 pounds of marijuana wrapped in them, D'Evelyn said.

Blakey and Jones were arrested and charged with transportation for sale of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. They are each being held on a $75,000 bond.

D'Evelyn estimated the wholesale value of the seizure at $70,000; street value would be substantially higher.

YCSO has impounded the Peterbuilt tractor.

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