YCSO arrests 5 in separate drug casesPosted: Updated:
K-9 deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office made five drug-related arrests in separate traffic stops over the past month.
On Friday, a deputy stopped Erick Coats, 29, of Sacramento, on suspicion of speeding and an equipment violation on eastbound Interstate 40 between Seligman and Ashfork.
Coats told the deputy he was heading to Oklahoma from Sacramento. The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the pickup truck and as the investigation continued, he was found to be carrying more than $2,800 in cash.
The deputy found three one-pound packages of high-grade marijuana inside a box behind the driver's seat, YCSO said. An additional 10 grams was found inside a duffle bag stored in the truck bed, investigators said.
The truck, along with its contents including a 2007 Suzuki Motorcycle, a 50-inch flat screen TV and a set of four 24" tires and rims, was impounded pending forfeiture proceedings.
Coats was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in custody on a $5,000 bond.
On Nov. 21, K-9 deputies arrested a California resident, 27-year-old Anthony McDonald, on charges of money laundering, possession of narcotic drugs and paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.
Deputies also arrested 30-year-old Cortney Mullins of Arkansas on charges of money laundering, identity theft and possession of narcotic drugs and paraphernalia. Both remain in custody, each on a $15,000 bond.
K-9 deputies said they stopped the pair for several equipment violations while they were traveling west on Interstate 40, east of Seligman. A deputy detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. McDonald was the driver and the passenger, Mullins, gave a false name using an Arkansas driver's license, YCSO said.
At this point McDonald admitted his driver's license was suspended.
McDonald was visibly nervous as deputies found $1,500 in $20 denominations inside his front pocket, YCSO said. Deputies said the pair shared their travel plans, which were full of discrepancies.
When confronted about the odor, Mullins admitted smoking marijuana in the vehicle after leaving Arkansas, sheriff's investigators said.
A search of the 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.
Deputies found about $5,000 in cash hidden inside the soles of several tennis shoes. Deputies said they also located evidence of ongoing drugs sales via content on McDonald's cell phone. More than $11,500 was seized as part of a money laundering determination related to drug sales.
McDonald and Mullins were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center.
On Nov. 7, K-9 deputies stopped a vehicle for moving violations. The driver was identified as 55-year-old Robert St. John from Chicago and the passenger was 26-year-old Jessica Satterfield from Oregon.
The deputy suspected the vehicle might contain drug contraband and deployed his K-9 partner. The dog alerted along a passenger door of the SUV. A search revealed numerous individually sealed baggies of marijuana with a total weight of 91 pounds, YCSO said.
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 is in custody on a $150,000 bond.
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