YCSO seizes 145 pounds of pot, arrests 4 alleged smugglers

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PHOENIX -- Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies seized 145 pounds of marijuana and arrested four alleged smugglers last week with the help of its drug-sniffing K-9s.

Deputies monitoring Interstate 40 near the Ash Fork area stopped three vehicles for various traffic violations and discovered they were transporting marijuana after alerts from K-9s, according to the sheriff's office.

About 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, deputies stopped an eastbound white 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche with New Mexico plates and reportedly found 75 pounds of packaged marijuana in the covered truck bed.

The sheriff's office says deputies also found paperwork showing extensive travel between California and the Phoenix area in recent days.

The driver, 28-year-old Jessica Sandoval, and passenger, 26-year-old Christyna Romero, were arrested on several drug-related charges.

Also that morning, deputies arrested a California man driving a white Volkswagen Passat after reportedly finding nearly 22 pounds of marijuana in the backseat.

The sheriff's office says 40-year-old Adrian Jemison admitted he was being paid to transport the pot to Alabama for distribution.

He was arrested on suspicion of possession/transportation of marijuana for sale and remained in custody Sunday on $15,000 bond, according to the sheriff's office.

About 9:30 a.m. the following day, deputies stopped a red 2013 Toyota Corolla with Texas plates traveling east on I-40 and reportedly found 48 pounds of marijuana packaged for transportation and sale inside a large duffle bag in the trunk.

The sheriff's office says the 33-year-old passenger, Ruben Plaza of California, was primarily responsible for the marijuana and taking it to Texas for distribution.

He was booked into Camp Verde Detention Center and later released on $10,000 bond.