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Sedona AZ (December 2, 2013)On November 27, 2013, just after 7:00 in the morning, YCSO K9 deputies arrested 29-year-old Erick Coats of Sacramento, California, for charges including Transportation of Marijuana for Sale, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Deputies stopped Coats for speeding and an equipment violation while he was driving a white Chevrolet truck eastbound on Arizona Interstate 40 between Seligman and Ashfork. During the initial contact, the YCSO deputy was met with the strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the truck cab. Exhibiting extreme nervousness, Coats informed the deputy he was heading to Oklahoma.

As the investigation continued, Coats was found with over $2,800 in cash on his person. A check of the truck to determine the source of the marijuana odor revealed three one-pound packages of high grade marijuana inside a box behind the driver’s seat. An additional 10 grams of high grade marijuana was found inside a duffle bag stored in the truck bed.

Mullins arrested

Mullins arrested

The Chevrolet truck driven by Coats, along with its contents that included a 2007 Suzuki Motorcycle, a 50” flat screen TV and a set of four 24” tires and rims were impounded pending forfeiture proceedings.

Coats was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in-custody on a $5000 bond.

On November 21, 2013, at approximately 9:00 in the morning, YCSO K9 deputies arrested 27-year-old Anthony McDonald from California for Money Laundering, Possession of Narcotic Drugs and Paraphernalia and Driving on a Suspended License. Also arrested during the investigation was 30-year old Cortney Mullins from Arkansas for Money Laundering, Identity Theft, and Possession of Narcotic Drugs and Paraphernalia.

Both men remain in-custody, each on a $15,000 bond.

McDonald arrested

McDonald arrested

K9 deputies had stopped the pair for several equipment violations while they were travelling west on Arizona Interstate 40, east of Seligman, in a silver colored Monte Carlo. During the initial contact, a deputy detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle driven by McDonald. It was at this point that McDonald admitted to YCSO that his driver’s license was suspended.

McDonald was visibly nervous as deputies found $1,500 in twenty dollar denominations inside his front pocket. During separate interviews, the pair shared travel plans which were full of discrepancies. When confronted about the odor, passenger Mullins admitted smoking marijuana in the vehicle after leaving Arkansas. Mullins also gave YCSO a false Arkansas driver’s license and name which was revealed later in the investigation.

A search of the Monte Carlo vehicle for the source of the odor revealed an additional $5,000 in cash in the center console and two bottles of liquid Codeine hidden behind a trunk liner. The prescription label was scratched off on each bottle. During a subsequent check of the vehicle’s contents, approximately $5,000 cash was found hidden inside the soles of several tennis shoes.

Satterfield arrested

Satterfield arrested

Deputies also located evidence of ongoing drugs sales via content on McDonald’s cell phone. More than $11,500 was seized in total as part of a money laundering related to drug sales.

McDonald and Mullins were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.

On November 7, 2013, K9 deputies stopped a white 2004 Ford Expedition for moving violations on US 93. The driver was identified as 55-year-old Robert St. John from Chicago, Illinois, with a passenger, 26-year-old Jessica Satterfield from Oregon.

During a conversation with St. John, the deputy developed indications the Ford Expedition may contain drug contraband and deployed his K9 partner for an exterior vehicle sniff. The K9 alerted along a passenger door of the SUV and a search revealed numerous individually sealed baggies of marijuana totaling 91 pounds.

St. John arrested

St. John arrested

As a result, St. John and Satterfield were booked on charges including Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana for Sale, and Transportation of Marijuana.

St. John remains in-custody on a $250,000 bond.

Satterfield remains in-custody on a $150,000 bond.

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


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