Recently, deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) made a major drug bust of 18 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle of a 20-year-old Mexican national who was traveling through the area.
Deputies made the traffic stop on February 12 on Interstate 17 in the early morning hours. According to police reports, the driver was allegedly stopped in Cordes Lakes due to equipment and moving violations. The location of the traffic stop is approximately 20 miles north of Black Canyon City.
Drug mules bring it across the border
The driver gave officers his Mexican driver's license and told them he was on his way from Phoenix. However, the police officer thought that the man behind the wheel appeared to be "unusually nervous." The deputy asked for permission to search the driver's 2014 Camaro but was refused.
At that point, a canine unity was dispatched to sniff the vehicle's exterior. After the dog alerted his handler to the alleged presence of drugs, the officer had probable cause to search further. It was then that he discovered the 18 one-pound bags of meth packed behind the passenger and driver seats.
Police stated that after the drugs were found, the driver claimed that in order to support his family, he was paid to smuggle methamphetamine into the United States.
He was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and dangerous drugs and for transporting dangerous drugs. His bond was set at $500,000 and he remained in custody.
Meth problem is pervasive
There is no doubt that, despite the surge of opioid drugs making their way across the Mexican border into the United States, crystal methamphetamine remains a serious threat here in Arizona as well.
Up until the 1980s, most of the crystal meth used and sold here in the United States came from the west coast of California. It's estimated that roughly 4.7 million people in the USA have dabbled with meth at least once in their lives. Like heroin and other opioid drugs of abuse, it is both a personal scourge and a societal problem.
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