Local narcotics officers seized more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine on northern Arizona’s highways in three days.
According to Coconino County’s multi-agency Metro narcotics task force, an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper pulled over a passenger vehicle for an undisclosed traffic violation at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday on eastbound Interstate 40 at milepost 198, which is near the East Butler Avenue exit on Flagstaff. The vehicle, which was on its way from California to New Mexico, contained 5 pounds of meth. Officers arrested two men on multiple charges, including transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, and booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility.
At about 2 p.m. the same day, troopers pulled over a rental vehicle heading from California to Colorado on I-40 at milepost 204, which is near the Walnut Canyon Road exit. They brought in a K-9 unit, which alerted on the vehicle. A search revealed 10 pounds of meth. One woman was arrested on charges including possession of dangerous drugs for sale and booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility.
Troopers arrested another suspect with 4.5 pounds of meth in his vehicle on Tuesday near Heber.
Three more men were arrested on drug charges Thursday after they were pulled over at about 10:54 a.m. on North Highway 89 at milepost 425, located in the Doney Park area. Officers found 3 ounces of meth and a handgun inside the vehicle. Investigators believe they intended to sell the drugs on the Navajo Nation. All three men were booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility.