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Yavapai County sheriff's deputies arrest two on drug charges

Spencer Keith Midkiff

Spencer Keith Midkiff

PRESCOTT - Sheriff's deputies arrested two men on drug charges after separate traffic stops, a YCSO spokesman said.

The first incident happened about 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, when a deputy stopped a Jeep for speeding on Beaver Creek Road in Rimrock, Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Spencer Midkiff, 20, of Cottonwood, was taken into custody after the deputy saw a labeled marijuana dispensary container in the car and found that Midkiff did not have a medical marijuana card, D'Evelyn said. The deputy also found marijuana, paraphernalia, and a lock box in the back seat.

The box was found to contain nearly 100 grams of cocaine, worth "several thousand dollars in street value," D'Evelyn said, and the deputy went on to locate liquid LSD, paraphernalia, and syringes containing mushroom spores in a solution used during cultivation.

"During booking, Midkiff admitted he had hidden a gram of cocaine (on his body) while the deputy was completing a records check after the initial traffic stop," D'Evelyn said.

Midkiff was booked into the Camp Verde jail on two counts each of possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a dangerous drug, and transportation or possession of a dangerous drug for sale, and one count each of transportation of a narcotic drug, and possession of a narcotic drug for sale.

The second incident stemmed from a traffic stop on east Interstate 40 in Ash Fork. Rudy Garcia, 31, from New Mexico, was arrested Jan. 27 just after 10 p.m.

A deputy stopped Garcia's car for an equipment violation, D'Evelyn said, and could smell marijuana in the car while talking with him.

"After initially denying there was any marijuana in the vehicle, Garcia admitted he had about 2 pounds in a plastic garbage bag stored behind the driver's seat," D'Evelyn said.

The deputy found that marijuana, and, when Garcia admitted he had more in the trunk, the deputy pulled 53 sealed one-pound bags of marijuana from the trunk, along with a concealed semi-automatic pistol, hidden behind carpet lining.

Later, while booking Garcia, the deputy located several tightly rolled dollar bills and a test indicated the presence of cocaine residue on them.

Garcia was charged with transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and weapons misconduct - possession of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony offense.

He was booked into the Camp Verde jail.

Both men are being held on $10,000 bonds.

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