6 Arrested on drug charges after 2 traffic stops near Ash Fork

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ASH FORK, Ariz. -- Six people are facing drug charges after a traffic stop on Interstate 40 east of Ash Fork.

Yavapai County sheriff's deputies pulled over a Mitsubishi Lancer from California for a traffic violation. The driver, Kiefer Carter, 19, was found to have a suspended license.

Deputies said the three people in the vehicle appeared to be nervous and provided contradictory information, according to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.  

D'Evelyn said a K-9 alerted on the rear passenger side and deputies found nearly 19 pounds of packaged marijuana hidden inside two audio speaker boxes stored in the trunk.

During the incident, one of the three people inside the car, Ryan Rash, tried to make a run for it across the freeway and into the desert. The 27-year-old was later found hiding in construction equipment parked in a gravel pit.

Deputies learned Rash had pending criminal cases in California.

A vehicle with three people connected to the suspects in the Mitsubishi was stopped about 10 miles away. Deputies found nearly 3 grams of methamphetamine inside the Honda Civic, according to sheriff's officials.

Carter, Rash, Christopher Abey, 18, Richard Lee, 33, David Brawley, 32, and Charles Robertson, 30, remain in custody on a $25,000 bond each.

All six suspects are from California.