Pinal County sheriffs seize 46 pounds of meth during traffic stop

Mar 26, 2019, 4:41 AM
(Pinal County Sheriff's Office photo)...
(Pinal County Sheriff's Office photo)
(Pinal County Sheriff's Office photo)

PHOENIX – The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday that a K-9 Deputy seized 46 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.

The drugs were estimated to be worth $92,000, according to a press release.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy pulled a vehicle over on the Interstate 10 near Eloy for equipment and vehicle insurance violations.

The driver of the car was 37-year-old Stephanie Sanchez of Rio Rico, Arizona. The deputy noticed inconsistencies during the stop and conducted a search of the vehicle.

When conducting the search, the deputy discovered two hidden compartments containing 42 plastic wrapped bags of methamphetamine.

“Our K-9 Unit did a fantastic job on this stop. Ninety percent of all meth used in the United States is made in super labs in Mexico. The cartel is making billions off this dangerous drug, and the American people are paying the price. And I’m not just talking about what it does to users and their families,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said in the release.

“The total cost of meth to communities across our country is estimated at $23 billion to cover the criminal justice system, medical care and emergency room visits, dental care, first responders and social services.”

Sanchez was charged with transportation of a dangerous drug, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

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Pinal County sheriffs seize 46 pounds of meth during traffic stop