42 individual pounds
Around 7 a.m. last Wednesday, Yavapai Sheriff's K9 deputies stopped a 2013-Chevy Impala with Texas plates for several moving violations.
The driver was identified as Ahmed Haddouch, 31, and a passenger Tong Van Le, 39, both from Southern California. During a discussion about the traffic violations, both occupants appeared unusually nervous and confused about their travel plans.
Once the K9 officer suspected the pair might be transporting illegal drugs, he asked Haddouch for permission to check the vehicle. Haddouch declined at first. The deputy hen commanded his K9 for an exterior sniff around the Impala and the animal alerted inside the right rear wheel well area.
Based on the alert, deputies checked the trunk and located two duffle bags containing packaged marijuana in 42-one pound quantities along with meth pipe paraphernalia.
Haddouch and Le were arrested for charges including possession of marijuana for sales and transportation of marijuana for sales. Haddouch and Le each posted a $25,000 bond and have been released.
On Oct. 29, 56-year-old Ritchie Davis and 50-year-old James Hodge, both of Arkansas, were arrested for transporting marijuana on Interstate 40.
Sheriff's K9-deputies stopped a tan 1998-Lincoln Town Car for several moving violations on east Interstate-40 in Yavapai County. Davis was the driver and Hodge his passenger. While talking with them, the deputy smelled a powerful odor of marijuana in the vehicle.
The pair said they were heading east from Oregon but denied any knowledge of marijuana in the vehicle. Checking for the source of the odor, the deputies opened the trunk and found the marijuana smell had intensified.
Deputies found two spare tires, both flat and abnormally heavy. Further inspection revealed several packages of marijuana hidden inside the tires. The total weight was nearly 11 pounds.
Hodge admitted he was in the process of transporting the marijuana from Oregon to Arkansas for sales. $1600 dollars in cash was also seized. Both Hodge and Davis were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center for possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale. Davis has been released on a $10,000 bond and Hodge remains in-custody on the same bond amount.
Hashish and cash
A Sheriff's K9 deputy arrested 25-year-old Roy Gunnoe from Oklahoma, on Oct. 23, for possession of dangerous drugs, possession a narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.
The deputy stopped Gunnoe on west Interstate-40 in Yavapai County, driving a 2011 silver Jeep, the vehicle had an expired registration and a moving violation.
Gunnoe, the only occupant, showed an Oklahoma driver's license and explained he was heading to Los Angeles. Gunnoe became nervous and deputy was suspicious he might be carrying contraband.
When Gunnoe refused a request to check his vehicle, the deputy released his drug-sniffing dog to sniff the exterior and the animal alerted on the driver's door area, where the deputy found a meth pipe in the center console and a 9mm handgun in a backpack.
In the backseat, the deputy located a quantity of hashish and 2 bundles of cash totaling around $1,500.
In the trunk was a suitcase containing another $10,000, bringing the total to $11,500. The deputy linked the cash to drug transactions which has been seized pending forfeiture proceedings.
Gunnoe was booked into the Camp Verde Detention and has since been released on a $5000 bond.