Peoria man arrested on drug charges in Willcox

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Justin Ryan Guerra By Jennifer Thomas Justin Ryan Guerra By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. – A Peoria man was arrested on felony drug charges after Cochise County sheriff's deputies found more than 29 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop in Willcox.

Justin Ryan Guerra, 22, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale.

At approximately 6:39 p.m. Tuesday, deputies spotted a red Tahoe exceeding the posted speed limit on Highway 186 as it was coming into Willcox at the intersection of Maley Street and First Avenue.

The deputies stopped the vehicle and Guerra was unable to provide proof of insurance, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas. He said the Tahoe belonged to his mother and he was not sure where she kept it.

Deputies said Guerra appeared nervous and was not responding to questions so they requested assistance from a Border Patrol K-9 unit to check the exterior of the vehicle.

The K-9 alerted to the rear of the Tahoe and Guerra reportedly admitted to having marijuana inside the vehicle. Deputies located 16 bricks of marijuana, weighing a total of 29.5 pounds.

Guerra remains in Cochise County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

The sheriff's office is still investigating.