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Prescott Valley police make 52-pound meth bust

Alberto Vasquez, 26, and Patricio Quintero, 23, were arrested March 21 after a traffic stop by Prescott Valley Police officers, who found 52 pounds of meth in the vehicle. (PVPD/Courtesy images)

Alberto Vasquez, 26, and Patricio Quintero, 23, were arrested March 21 after a traffic stop by Prescott Valley Police officers, who found 52 pounds of meth in the vehicle. (PVPD/Courtesy images)

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A Prescott Valley Police K9 sits before an evidence cart, containing meth found during a March 21 traffic stop. (PVPD/Courtesy)

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Prescott Valley Police officers found 52 pounds of meth during a traffic stop on Interstate 17 March 21. (PVPD/Courtesy)

Alberto Vasquez, 26, and Patricio Quintero, 23, were arrested at about 10:10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, after Prescott Valley Police officers found 52 pounds of meth in their vehicle, according to a news release from PVPD Public Information Officer James Risinger.

The department’s K9 officers were working a drug interdiction detail along Interstate 17 in Yavapai County when they conducted a traffic stop on a silver Chevrolet Suburban with a California license plate, the Friday news release states.

The officers contacted Vasquez, the driver, and Quintero, the passenger, and neither men had identification. Upon searching the vehicle, which Vasquez consented to, the officers discovered various bundles of a white crystal-like substance.

The men were arrested and transported to the Prescott Valley Police Department. A complete search of the vehicle found 52 pounds of methamphetamine.

Vasquez and Quintero were booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde on charges of Transportation of Dangerous Drugs for sale, Class Two Felony; Possession of Dangerous Drugs for sale, Class Two Felony; and Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Class Six Felony.

The investigation is continuing.

Watch the Courier and dCourier.com for updates.

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