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YCSO K9 stop leads to large Meth and Cocaine seizure

Cocaine discovered by YCSO during an Arizona traffic stop in 2015. Drug smuggling and use continue to be major issues for local and national law enforcement agencies.

Sedona AZ (June 2, 2017) On May 21, 2017, a YCSO K9 deputy stopped a 2015 white GMC Sierra for a moving violation on north I-17 in the Camp Verde, Arizona, area.

The GMC driver was identified as Daniel Franco, 28, from Texas. During contact with Franco, the deputy noticed he acted unusually nervous and seemed confused about his travel plans. The deputy soon determined Franco was an unlicensed driver. During a consent search of the truck’s interior, the deputy located a THC E-cigarette cartridge emitting a strong odor of marijuana.

Based on the contact with Franco to this point, the deputy suspected Franco may be concealing additional contraband within the truck and elected to deploy his certified K9 partner, Vader. During a walk around the vehicle’s exterior, Vader displayed alert signals near the space between the truck bed and cab. As the deputies continued their search for the source of the odor, they noticed a stock vehicle tire iron on top of the back seat and other tire changing components on the floorboard. Since there was no evidence a tire had been recently changed, this seemed suspicious. The deputy looked at the spare tire under the truck, saw it was flat, and found indications of recent activity in this area – common for drug smuggling.

YCSO discovers Meth in a deported felon’s trunk in 2015. Arizona is a transportation corridor for drug smuggling throughout the country.

After removing the spare tire which required a key in Franco’s possession, deputies located a void under the bed of the truck that partially exposed apparent packages of drugs. Further investigation required moving the car off the highway for the safety of personnel and a closer examination. Once this was done, deputies were eventually able to remove three bundled packages all wrapped in tape, and multiple layers of plastic. The contents of the bundles included 7 one-pound packages of methamphetamine, and a package containing approximately ¾ pound of cocaine.

Franco denied any knowledge of the drug load. He was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Transport/Sell Dangerous Drug/Narcotic and Possession of a Narcotic Drug. He remains in-custody on a $10,000 bond.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website at www.ycsoaz.gov.

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  1. Darlene Oscar, Prescott says:

    You do an amazing job and we can count on you.

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