5 Pounds of meth seized; 3 suspects in custody

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

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. -- Three suspects were taken into custody Wednesday after deputies found illicit drugs in their vehicle.

Nearly 5 pounds of packaged methamphetamine, prescription medications, a loaded 9mm handgun and other drug paraphernalia were discovered in their car.

The driver, Marie Bonnesen, 31, and passengers Xavier Alaniz, 24, and Harley Partch, 20, were pulled over after travelling over the speed limit on Interstate 17 around 2:30 a.m.

Bonnesen denied a deputy's request to search the vehicle.

The K-9 team alerted deputies of the drug odor.

All three vehicle occupants were arrested. Bonnesen and Alaniz had prior felony convictions.

The investigation is ongoing.