Routine traffic stop results in drug, weapon arrest

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

On December 21, 2008, at approximately 12:00 P.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a black Chevrolet Tahoe on the I17 just north of Camp Verde for expired registration.

The driver, identified as 41-year-old Phoenix resident Kevin Hollenbeck, appeared extremely nervous during his contact with the deputy. During the conversation, Hollenbeck admitted possessing an AK-47 which was stored behind the front seats. Deputies immediately secured the weapon and several fully loaded magazines. A check of ownership history revealed no record on file.

It was determined that Hollenbeck's driver's license was suspended which resulted in a 30 day impound of his vehicle. At this time, a passenger in the vehicle identified as 21-year-old Fountain Hills resident, Sean Lopez, was also detained.

During an inventory search of the vehicle prior to tow-away, deputies found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue under the passenger seat. Further searching revealed another glass pipe, several lighters and a quantity of methamphetamine in a small plastic bag hidden in a shoe placed on the rear seat. When Hollenbeck was searched, deputies found a large baggie containing marijuana in a pocket. The shoe containing methamphetamine was associated with Lopez.

As a result of the investigation, Hollenbeck was arrested for a Weapons Misconduct Violation, and Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. Hollenbeck was later charged with DUI - Drugs after a test indicated recent marijuana and methamphetamine use. Lopez was arrested for Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Weapons Misconduct. The legal status of the weapon and ownership history is under investigation.