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Deputies make three traffic stops, find 145 pounds of pot

Clockwise from top left, Adrian Jemison, Rueben Plaza, Christyna Romero, Jessica Sandoval

Clockwise from top left, Adrian Jemison, Rueben Plaza, Christyna Romero, Jessica Sandoval

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office made three traffic stops on I-40 in the last week that resulted in the seizure of 145 pounds of marijuana, a YCSO spokesman said.

Deputies arrested Adrian Jemison, 40, from California, on the morning of May 20 on charges of possession/transportation of marijuana for sale after his car was stopped for unsafe lane changes near Ash Fork, Dwight d'Evelyn said.

A deputy noted that Jemison "exhibited nervous and deceptive behavior and his comments provided an indication drugs might be stored in his vehicle," D'Evelyn said, but he refused permission for the deputy to search it.

The deputy's K9 alerted during an exterior sniff of the vehicle, and the deputy found nearly 22 pounds of marijuana in the back seat in a duffle bag, D'Evelyn said.

Jemison admitted he was being paid to move the marijuana to Alabama for distribution, D'Evelyn said. He was booked into the Camp Verde jail for possession/transportation of marijuana for sale, where he remains on a $15,000 bond.

Around the same time on I-40, a deputy stopped a pickup truck for moving violations, and in speaking with the two women inside, began to develop suspicions that it was carrying drugs.

A K9 alerted to the rear passenger side of the truck and a deputy who opened the tailgate of the covered truck bed located 3 duffle bags containing 75 pounds of marijuana, D'Evelyn said.

The driver and passenger, Christyna Romero, 26, and Jessica Sandoval, 28 denied knowing anything about the drugs in the truck.

They were booked on charges of transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Each has since been released on a $25,000 bond.

On May 21 at about 7:30 a.m., deputies stopped a car near Ash Fork for several lane change violations and speeding, D'Evelyn said. The driver, a 31-year-old male and his passenger, 33-year-old Ruben Plaza, both from California, appeared "unusually nervous" to a deputy and seemed confused about their travel plans, D'Evelyn said.

The deputy, believing the car was carrying drugs, asked for permission to search it, but the pair refused.

He had his K9 partner sniff the exterior of the car, and the dog alerted on the trunk.

Inside was a large duffle bag, D'Evelyn said, and it contained 48 pounds of marijuana packaged for transportation and sale.

Plaza was allegedly responsible for the marijuana, which he told deputies they were taking to Texas, D'Evelyn said.

He was booked into the Camp Verde jail on charges including transportation and/or sales of marijuana. He was later released on a $10,000 bond.

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