YAVAPAI CO. AZ (3TV/CBS5) – A traffic stop on Interstate 40 ended in the discovery of more than 50 pounds of drugs and the arrest of two men from out of state.
The arrest happened just before 8 a.m. Monday when a Yavapai County Sheriff deputy stopped a pickup truck for moving violations on I-40 near Ash Fork. When the deputy spoke with the two men in the truck, he reportedly noticed the odor of marijuana.
When he spoke to the driver, 23-year-old Texas resident Christian Hurtado, Hurtado denied any knowledge of marijuana. Then, the deputy questioned the passenger, 24-year-old Ruben Torres-Cruz, also from Texas. Torres- Cruz admitted smoking marijuana and opened the ash tray to show burnt residue to the deputy.
When the truck was searched, investigators found 52 packages of marijuana, each weighing one pound, dispersed among the luggage in the truck. They also found nearly a pound of THC wax that was stored in 112 individual packages. They also found 2 handguns. Investigators confirmed one of the guns was stolen.
Officials say the value of the drugs, if sold on the streets of Texas, is estimated at about $359,000.
Both Hurtado and Torres-Cruz were arrested. They are being charged with multiple felonies including transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana, transportation of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale, weapons misconduct. Hurtado was also charged with theft.