DPS seizes nearly $4 million worth of meth near Gila Bend

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

GILA BEND, Ariz. -- The Arizona Department of Public Safety seized nearly $4 million worth of methamphetamine following a traffic stop Friday near Gila Bend.

A DPS officer stopped a Ford F-150 on State Route 85 and reportedly became suspicious of criminal activity. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection narcotics canine officer responded to the scene.

Officers searched the vehicle and discovered 217 pounds of meth and 4 pounds of white heroin.

This was the largest meth seizure by DPS in recent history.

"It's important to note the significance of this seizure," said DPS Director Robert Halliday. "Typically in a calendar year DPS will seize less than 200 pounds of methamphetamine. It's vital to get this dangerous drug off the streets and out of our communities."

Officers arrested the driver, Miguel Bustamante, 33, and the passenger, Emmanuel Roque, 21, both of San Luis, Ariz. They face felony drug charges, including transportation of narcotics for sale, transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of narcotics for sale, and possession of a dangerous drug for sale.

"This drug seizure is exemplary of the cooperation that exists between DPS and our federal partners in U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the southern border region," Halliday said.