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Chino Valley officer finds methamphetamine worth $1.3M

ASH FORK - A Chino Valley Police K-9 officer discovered more than 29 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 west of Ash Fork in the predawn hours Thursday, Jan. 29.

According to a news release from Chino Valley Police Department, the officer stopped a 2003 Lincoln Town Car at approximately 5:55 a.m. for expired registration and illegal tint.

The officer, who was later joined by another Chino Valley officer, noticed a white powder on the steering wheel and a snorting tube above the ear of the driver, Jose Gonzales II, 32, of Oklahoma City. Gonzales allegedly admitted he snorted illegal drugs within an hour before the traffic stop.

A search of the vehicle turned up more than 29 pounds of methamphetamine, carrying a street value of more than $1.3 million. Officers also locates two handguns and multiple high-capacity magazines and boxes of ammunition.

Officers arrested Gonzales and the passenger, Terry Triplet, 47, also of Oklahoma City. They were booked in to Yavapai County Jail, charged with transporting of dangerous drug, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and weapon offenses.