I-40 traffic stop yields stolen handgun, meth

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On September 24, 2008, at approximately 3:30 P.M., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office K9 deputy stopped a gray passenger car with Oklahoma plates for speeding on the I40 west of Seligman. The vehicle contained two occupants including the driver, identified as 45-year-old Wesley Henry, and his passenger, 22-year-old Rebecca Brooks, both from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Henry was unable to produce a driver's license and while waiting for the return information on a record check, the deputy discussed the K9 drug interdiction program. After the deputy explained his intention to allow the K9 to conduct an exterior "sniff" of the vehicle, Henry admitted he had a meth (methamphetamine) pipe in the glove box.

A check of the glove box revealed two meth pipes which contained fresh meth residue. When the deputy could not get the trunk open to continue his search, Henry told him the latch was broken making the trunk inaccessible. The deputy pulled the rear seat forward, partially exposing the trunk, and located a grocery bag containing five new syringes, a digital scale, and numerous "bindle" baggies used to store drugs. At this time, Henry alerted the deputy to a trunk lid switch in the glove box. With the trunk open, the deputy located a handgun stuffed inside a t-shirt. A record check indicated the gun was reported stolen out of Tennessee. Two more syringes were found which both contained meth.

During a final check of the passenger compartment, the deputy found a zip up container lying open behind the center console. The deputy spoke with Brooks as to additional drugs that might be stashed, and Brooks admitted hiding some meth in the crotch of her pants. Brooks removed the meth which was contained in two baggies and in excess of 30 grams in weight.

Wesley was booked at the Prescott Detention Center for several felony counts including Transportation of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of a Firearm during a Drug Offense, Possession of a Stolen Firearm. He was also charged with Driving Under the Influence of Drugs.

Brooks was also booked at the Prescott Detention Center for Transportation of Dangerous Drugs for Sale and Possession of Dangerous Drugs.