27 Jan More than 167 pounds of drugs found during tow arrest in Arizona
ARIZONA – More than 167 pounds of drugs have been found by state troopers in Arizona.
Troopers pulled over a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for moving violations on west Interstate 10 at milepost 239, near Marana. During the car search, cops found around 51.95 pounds of methamphetamine, 28.10 pounds of fentanyl pills, and 2.45 pounds of fentanyl powder.
The driver, 27-year-old Carlos Calixtro-Varela, and passenger, 30-year-old Francisco Calixtro-Varela, both residents of Tucson, were arrested in the Pima County Jail on charges including possession, transportation, and sale of narcotic drugs and dangerous drugs.
Authorities are assuming the drugs were being smuggled from Tucson to Marana.
On the same day, another trooper stopped the driver of a Jeep SUV on north Interstate 17 at milepost 263, near Cordes Junction. While police were searching the car, criminal activity was observed.
A police K9 alerted officers that drugs were in the car. About 36 pounds of fentanyl pills and 21.5 pounds of methamphetamine were found. The driver, 32-year-old Jose Espinoza-Gil, and passenger, 42-year-old Luciano Zamudio, both from Phoenix, were arrested at the Yavapai County Jail on charges including possession, transportation, and sale of narcotic drugs and dangerous drugs.
The fentanyl and methamphetamine in this incident were being smuggled from the Phoenix area to Denver, Colorado.