100 Pounds of pot found by K-9 after traffic stop on I-17

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CAMP VERDE - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On February 18, 2009, at approximately 5:45 P.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy observed a green Volvo sedan with Ohio plates following a vehicle too closely. When the deputy finally caught up to the vehicle, the driver nearly struck the deputy's vehicle changing lanes without signaling. The deputy activated his overhead emergency lights, but the driver refused to yield. About one-half mile later, the deputy was able to stop the vehicle with the aid of a siren.

The deputy contacted the driver, identified as 66-year-old Newton Henry from Cleveland, Ohio, regarding the traffic violations. The deputy noted Henry was very nervous during the conversation. Henry claimed he was in to Arizona to see the NBA All-Star game in Phoenix and had stayed at a hotel in Tucson. Henry gave the impression he wanted to handle the traffic matter quickly and leave. Henry was given a traffic warning and because the deputy had seen indicators of drug possession, he questioned Henry about illicit drugs in the vehicle. Henry claimed no drugs were in his vehicle and refused a consent search. As a result, the deputy deployed K9 Aros for an exterior sniff.

When Aros reached the trunk area of the Volvo, he pulled the deputy towards the rear bumper and quarter panels. Aros began clawing at the car and acted very aggressive around the trunk seam above the bumper. The deputy opened the trunk and found 5 bales of compressed marijuana. The marijuana was wrapped in trash compactor bags, and then layered with plastic wrap and paper towels soaked in a fragrant cleaning agent. The outside layer consisted of contact paper with a wood grain appearance. The bales varied in size and weight with a total weight of 102 pounds.

Henry denied any knowledge of the contraband in his trunk. The K9 deputy also found two cell phones and $700 in cash in the vehicle. Henry was arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center for Possession and Transportation of Marijuana for Sales. He remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond. The vehicle and cash were impounded pending a seizure for forfeiture court hearing based on their respective use and profit in drug sales.