Traffic stop in Cordes Junction leads to marijuana seizure
A deputy who saw a speeding car in the Cordes Junction Interstate 17 construction zone Monday stopped it and made a six-pound marijuana bust, a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.
Noe Garcia, 20, of Prescott Valley, was driving west on Highway 69 in a Honda sedan when a deputy stopped him for speeding, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.
The deputy spoke with Garcia and noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the car, D'Evelyn said, and Garcia became "confrontational" with the deputy, denying he'd been speeding.
The deputy asked for permission to search the car and Garcia refused, so the deputy had his K-9 partner sniff the car. "Very quickly, the K-9 displayed a scratching alert signal at the front passenger window," D'Evelyn said.
The deputy then began searching the Honda. He could smell the pot, but didn't find it until he checked the trunk, where he located a backpack and duffle bag, D'Evelyn said. Inside them were plastic bags filled with marijuana, and, he said, confronted with the find, Garcia admitted he was bringing them from Phoenix to Prescott Valley buyers.
He was carrying just over six pounds of marijuana, D'Evelyn said.
Garcia was charged with transportation/sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession.
He was booked into the Camp Verde jail on a $25,000 bond.