K-9 Otto alerts during traffic stop leading to a search yielding 12 pounds of fentanyl pills. On August 31st, Cottonwood K-9 Officer(s) were conducting interdiction operations in the area of I-17 near the Mc Guireville exit. During this operation multiple traffic stops were conducted and one of those stops resulted in an arrest.
This traffic stop involved a 2007 Volvo S-60 sedan for a cracked windshield which was obstructing the driver’s view. During the stop the driver was identified as 38-year-old Phoenix resident, Carlos Ignacio Urias Meza. K-9 Otto was deployed to conduct a narcotics-sniff where he alerted on the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a duffel bag in the back of the sedan.
The bag contained five large plastic bags of blue “M/30” pills. Upon examination they were confirmed to be approximately 50,000 fentanyl pills with a weight of approximately 12 pounds. There was also a usable amount of methamphetamine located in the vehicle and additional property indicating these dangerous drugs were being trafficked for sale.
Carlos Ignacio Urias Meza was arrested for Transporting Dangerous Drug for Sale, Possession of Dangerous Drug for Sale, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, which are all felonies. He was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center. This investigation remains on-going.