Guns, drugs found stashed in car traveling on I-40

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

On August 11, 2008, at approximately 4 P.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy stopped a silver pickup truck for following too close on the I40, west of Seligman. The deputy and his K9, "Elliot," were working as part of a drug interdiction detail along the I40.

The driver was identified as 22-year-old Brian Cupp from California. During a conversation regarding the deputy's drug interdiction work, Cupp admitted to storing some marijuana, along with a marijuana pipe, under his seat. Cupp and his two passengers, identified as California residents Andrew Macey, age 20, and Grant Armstrong, age 21, were asked to exit the vehicle. K9 "Elliot" then went to work.

During an exterior check of the vehicle, "Elliot" immediately alerted by scratching and sniffing the driver's door sill. "Elliot" then jumped into the pickup bed and alerted on a duffle bag by attempting to bite it.

Deputies began a search of the truck's cab and located nearly 5 grams of marijuana bud under the passenger seat, over 17 grams of marijuana bud stuffed in a boot behind the driver's seat, and a glass pipe in the ashtray. Hard liquor and beer was also found. A check of the duffle bag revealed over 12 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, a marijuana grinder, cigarette roller, glass pipe and a handgun.

Additional firearms found in the cab of the truck included 3 handguns, a shotgun, and 3 rifles. Over one thousand rounds of ammunition and a container of black powder were found in the bed of the truck.

The subjects told deputies they were driving to the Seligman area intending to use the firearms, drugs and alcohol. Cupp and Macey were arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Dangerous Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia along with additional charges of Weapons Misconduct as owners of the various firearms. Armstrong was cited and released for Possession of Marijuana.All weapons were confiscated pending case adjudication.