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Speeding stop leads to arrest on multiple charges

Christian Sugar Banuelos

Christian Sugar Banuelos

Prescott police booked Christian Sugar Banuelos, 31, of Phoenix into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on Saturday, Jan. 21, on charges including DUI drugs, possession of a weapon by a prohibited possessor and possession of dangerous drugs for sale after an officer stopped him for speeding and allegedly found a handgun, two marijuana cigarettes and 8 grams of methamphetamine in his car.

At 9:09 p.m., an officer saw a car driven by Banuelos traveling about 18 miles per hour over the speed limit in the 4000 block of Highway 69 and made a traffic stop. While Banuelos told the officer he didn't know what the speed limit was, the officer noticed that Banuelos seemed extremely nervous, would not make eye contact, and smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car, said Prescott Police Lt. Andy Reinhardt.

When the officer asked Banuelos where the marijuana was, Banuelos took two marijuana cigarettes from the pocket on the driver's side door panel and handed them to the officer, according to the police report.

When officers searched the car, they found a brown duffel bag in the front passenger seat that allegedly had inside it a case with $1,012.35 in cash, three plastic bags with a total weight of 1.2 grams of crystal methamphetamine, and a plastic bag with 8 grams of crystal meth, two brown gel cap pills, a 9 mm handgun, and 100 rounds of ammunition, according to the police report.

The officer asked what the gel cap pills were, and Banuelos said "They're just vitamins," according to the police report.

After the officer learned Banuelos had a felony, he asked Banuelos if he had his rights to carry a firearm renewed and Banuelos said he didn't know that he needed to do that, according to the police report.

After that, Banuelos refused to answer questions, but his urine tested positive for methamphetamines, marijuana and ecstasy, according to the police report.


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