Jacqueline Brittain

Sierra Vista Police Department

A 24-year-old Sierra Vista woman was arrested Saturday and faces charges of selling heroin, a city official said.

The Sierra Vista Police Department recently received a “reliable tip” that Jacqueline Brittain was selling heroin, so detectives began surveillance, said Judy Hector, spokeswoman for the city of Sierra Vista.

Saturday Brittain was pulled over for a traffic violation and a drug sniffing police dog “alerted traffic officers to the presence of a controlled substance in her vehicle,” Hector said. “With probable cause established, police searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag containing a black tar substance consistent with heroin.”

About a gram of heroin was found in the car, Hector said.

After she was taken into custody, police obtained a search warrant for Brittain’s residence in the 4300 block of Avenida Palermo, where they found another 9 grams of heroin.

The street value for all 10 grams was about $1,200, Hector said.

Brittain was booked into the Cochise County jail on a $5,000 bond. She faces charges of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale and transportation of narcotic drugs.