Deputies find marijuana, oxycodone during DUI stop in San Tan Valley

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Credit: Pinal County Sheriff's Office

Pinal County sheriff's deputies found marijuana and oxycodone pills inside a vehicle after a DUI stop in San Tan Valley.


by Jennifer Thomas

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 12:12 PM

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- Deputies arrested a 16-year-old girl and her 20-year-old boyfriend after finding marijuana and oxycodone pills in their vehicle during a DUI stop in San Tan Valley Thursday night, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

A motor deputy who was working with the Regional DUI Task Force stopped a 1993 GMC vehicle on Hunt Highway near Stone Creek Drive after observing it weaving, according to PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney.

The teenage driver reportedly exhibited signs of drug impairment and was arrested for driving while impaired by drugs.

Gaffney said the teen's boyfriend, identified as Lawrence Johnson, of Mesa, refused to exit the vehicle and locked himself inside.

The deputy was able to get the door open and attempted to remove Johnson from the vehicle, but he resisted and continued to struggle with the deputy. Another deputy arrived on scene to assist and they eventually took Lawrence into custody.

Gaffney said deputies found marijuana and 25 oxycodone pills inside the vehicle. The oxycodone was in a pill bottle that showed it had 180 pills when it was filled. During the investigation, deputies determined the couple had sold 155 prescription oxycodone pills for $1,100 earlier in the evening.

Gaffney said Lawrence was in possession of a fake medical marijuana card.

Johnson was booked into the Pinal County Jail for involving a minor in a drug offense, failure to obey a police officer, resisting arrest, possession of a narcotic drug for sale and possession of marijuana for sale.

The Florence teen was released to a family member and a juvenile referral will be completed requesting she be charged with driving impaired by a drug, driving with an illegal drug in her system and other drug-related offenses.