DPS officers bust over 600 lbs. of pot in 3 traffic stops

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COCHISE COUNTY - Over 600 pounds of marijuana were busted in three separate traffic stops in Cochise County.

A Department of Public Safety officer conducted a traffic stop on Monday night on a 1994 Ford Pickup that was traveling westbound on I-10 about two miles from Willcox. The driver was stopped for allegedly following too close and having a cracked windshield. The officer seized 381 pounds of pot from that bust. The driver was detained pending further investigation

The second incident was on Tuesday afternoon when an officer stopped a 1996 Chevrolet for having a cracked windshield about 11 miles north of Douglas. The officer found 122 pounds of marijuana in the trunk. Martha Mendez, 50, a resident of Douglas, was taken to Bisbee Jail for possession and transportation of marijuana for sale.

The third bust took place only two hours after the second stop. The driver of a 1999 Mercury sable was stopped for allegedly failing to stop on Davis Road about one mile south of Tombstone.

A K9 officer alerted to the vehicle and 134 pounds of marijuana were found in the trunk. Steve Jones, 18, a resident of Douglas, was also taken to the Bisbee jail and faces possession and transportation of marijuana for sale. The total amount of pot busted by DPS was 637 pounds in two days.