Sedona AZ (January 3, 2012) – On December 31, 2012, around 2 PM, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputy conducted a traffic stop on Arizona State Highway 69, just off Arizona Interstate 17, heading towards Prescott Valley, Arizona. The vehicle, a 2000 model year Honda sedan, had been observed speeding on the I-17 in the Cordes Junction highway construction zone.
The deputy contacted the Honda driver and its only occupant, 20 year-old Noe Garcia, from Prescott Valley to pull over. While speaking with Garcia about the violation, the deputy detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Garcia was confrontational with the deputy and denied any traffic violation. Garcia was directed to exit the vehicle and when the deputy requested permission to search inside for the source of the odor, Garcia refused.
The deputy deployed his K9 for an exterior sniff of the Honda. Very quickly the K9 displayed a scratching alert signal at the front passenger window. The deputy began searching the vehicle interior and although he did not locate any contraband, detected a very strong marijuana odor towards the back of the vehicle.
The search continued into the trunk where the deputy found a backpack and a duffel bag. The backpack contained one large plastic bag filled with marijuana and the duffel bag held six more of the same. At this time, Garcia acknowledged transporting the marijuana from Phoenix for delivery to Prescott Valley, Arizona buyers.
Detectives from the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) unit were called to assist with the investigation. The marijuana weight was confirmed at just over six pounds.
Garcia was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Transportation/Sales of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sale, and Marijuana Possession. Garcia remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or www.ycsoaz.gov.