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Traffic stop leads to meth seizure, DUI arrest

46 grams of suspected meth found in glove compartment

John Austin McGraw

John Austin McGraw

A Cottonwood man has been arrested on multiple charges related to alleged drug possession, sale and impaired driving.

At about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, June 9, John McGraw, 40, was stopped by a deputy with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) near the intersection of Arcosanti Road and Stagecoach Trail in Cordes Lakes for a traffic violation, according to a YCSO news release.

The deputy had seen the vehicle acting suspiciously just before pulling it over. McGraw was driving on a suspended license and appeared to be impaired, YCSO said. He consented to a series of field sobriety tests, which confirmed impairment. McGraw was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs.

Before towing McGraw’s white 2001 Toyota Camry, deputies conducted a routine check of the contents for a tow inventory, YCSO said. They initially spotted a used syringe wedged next to the driver’s seat and an alleged meth pipe on the passenger floorboard. Inside the glove compartment, a deputy found a box which contained more than 46 grams of suspected meth in separate packages – indicating drug sales.

McGraw was booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on charges including possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, aggravated DUI on suspended license and interfering with judicial proceedings for refusing to submit to a court-ordered blood test.

McGraw has since been released pending court action.