Meth found in fire extinguisher during traffic stop on I-10

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The following is a press release from the Arizona Department of Public Safety:

PHOENIX -- On Thursday, January 8, 2009 at approximately 10:10 AM, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Canine Officer conducted a traffic stop westbound on Interstate 10 at milepost 232, on a 2000 Chevrolet pickup bearing a Sonora Mexico license plate for a moving violation. The driver's behavior gave indicators that are significant to criminal activity and a consent search was conducted of the vehicle. The DPS Canine Officer found a fire extinguisher with indications that it had been tampered. A search of the inside of the fire extinguisher revealed 3 lbs. of methamphetamine.

Detectives from the Southern Narcotics and Organized Crimes Unit responded to conduct the follow-up investigation. The driver of the vehicle, Simon Meza-Alapizco, 38 years of age, from Nogales, Sonora Mexico, was arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous drugs, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, and transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, and was booked into the Pima County Jail. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of approximately $60,000 in Southern Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety Canine Unit has been instrumental in removing over 47,134 pounds of illegal drugs in 2008 from Arizona and the nation's streets. The unit is committed to keeping our communities safer through their successful drug interdiction efforts.