Suspect arrested after transporting $15,000 worth of methamphetamine

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

ELOY, Ariz. -- A 30-year-old man from Mexico was arrested after he was caught transporting $15,000 worth of methamphetamine last Thursday night.

A Pinal County sheriff's K-9 deputy conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Honda Accord going eastbound on Interstate 10 outside the town of Eloy.

The driver was identified as Anibal Ayala-Mascareno from a United States Border Crossing card. His 16-year-old nephew was also in the vehicle.

Ayala-Mascareno claimed he was driving back to Mexico after going to Phoenix but could not give specifics on the amount of time he had spent there.

The deputy received consent to do a search of the vehicle and found two packages containing around 2 pounds of methamphetamine underneath the rear passenger seat and $3,600 on Ayala-Mascareno. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $15,000.

The $3,600 and vehicle were seized as evidence.

The suspect was taken into custody and later admitted in an interview that this was his third time transporting narcotics in to Arizona.

The nephew had no knowledge of the narcotics and was released to Arizona family members. Ayala-Mascareno was arrested and booked into the Pinal County jail.