A routine traffic stop turned into a drug bust when a police dog got a whiff of something illegal in the suspect’s car.
A little after 10:30 a.m. a Pinal County sheriff’s deputy pulled over a 2005 Kia passenger car eastbound on Interstate 10 near Picacho.
“The deputy’s K-9 partner conducted a free-air sniff around the vehicle and immediately alerted to the presence of drugs,” Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release. “Once inside of the vehicle, the K-9 alerted to the center console.”
The deputy found nine grams of marijuana, in a dozen or so small packets, and a glass pipe.
The driver, 18-year-old Angelica Reynoza, told the deputy the pipe was hers and the marijuana belonged to her passenger, Joel Orozco, 18, Gaffney said. Both teens are from Mesa.
They were booked into the Pinal County jail. Both face charges of transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Orozco faces charges of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana and an outstanding arrest warrant.