ASH FORK – A Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy who stopped an SUV on Interstate 40 eastbound on Aug. 3 for traffic violations discovered 50 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle and arrested a passenger, YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.
It happened about 10:30 p.m. The deputy walked over to talk to the driver and could smell “a strong odor of marijuana” coming from inside the vehicle, D’Evelyn said.
Elder Cardenas, 31, a 32-year-old woman who was the driver, and three children, ages 7, 6, and one-year-old, were in the vehicle.
Asked if there was anything illegal inside or if anyone had been smoking marijuana, Cardenas replied, “No.”
He gave the deputy permission to search, and the deputy found 35 sealed packages of marijuana inside a luggage container. Fifteen more packages were found under a seat.
At that point, Cardenas admitted the marijuana was his and that he was taking it from California to Texas, D’Evelyn said.
Cardenas was placed under arrest for charges including transportation of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked at the Camp Verde jail on a $30,000 bond