Meth, marijuana found during traffic stop near Eloy

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Deputies seized six bundles of marijuana from the truck of a vehicle during a traffic stop near Eloy. By Jennifer Thomas Deputies seized six bundles of marijuana from the truck of a vehicle during a traffic stop near Eloy. By Jennifer Thomas
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ELOY, Ariz. -- Pinal County sheriff's deputies said they arrested two people after finding a large amount of drugs in their car during a traffic stop near Eloy.

According to the sheriff's office, a deputy saw a white Suzuki sedan commit a moving violation on westbound Interstate 10 Monday morning. A check of the vehicle's registration showed the owner did not have a valid driver's license and the deputy stopped the car.

The driver, identified as Herman Hawkins, 54, of Pearce, Ariz., was not the registered driver of the vehicle. The passenger in the car was identified as Cheryl Lutz, 45, of Cochise, Ariz.

Both indicated they were heading to Phoenix.

A records check showed Hawkins had an active arrest warrant from Casa Grande.

A second unit arrived and the vehicle was searched. PCSO spokesman Elias Johnson said more than 11 grams of methamphetamine and 11 prescription pills were found inside a cigarette box in the center console. Deputies checked the vehicle's trunk and seized six bundles of packaged marijuana weighing 170 pounds.

Deputies also seized $1,300 in cash that was found in Hawkins' pockets.

After both were arrested, Hawkins admitted to knowing the drugs were in the car, according to Johnson.

Hawkins and Lutz face charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transporting marijuana, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale and transporting a dangerous drug.

"Pinal County continues to be the preferred pass-through route for criminals who transport their dangerous drugs to metro Phoenix," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "Now Hawkins and Lutz will face the full extent of the law for bringing their deadly drugs into our county."