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Multiple Traffic Stops on I-17 Lead to Several Arrested

Multiple Traffic Stops on I-17 Lead to Several Arrested-on Drug  Charges and other Felonies

On November 10th, Cottonwood Officers were conducting interdiction operations in the area of I-17 between the Rimrock and Camp  Verde exits. During this operation multiple traffic stops were conducted resulting in several arrests.  

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One of the traffic stops involved a 2009 Acura for expired registration. During the stop the driver was identified as 24-year old Mexico resident, Alan Leyva. It was during the traffic stop the registered owner of the vehicle contacted officers saying Alan stole this vehicle.  

The owner of the vehicle gave officers authorization to search it. During the search of the rear storage compartment of the vehicle Officers located a multi-colored bag which contained three brick shaped objects. The packaging was consistent with drug trafficking.  They later tested positive for cocaine with a total weight of 3.49kg or 7.7lbs.  

Alan Leyva was arrested and charged with Transportation of Narcotic Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Use of Means of Transportation.  

During this same interdiction operation Officers stopped a 2000 Nissan pickup for illegal window tint. During the stop the driver was identified as 37-year-old Phoenix resident,  Jose Navarro-Ruiz. The passenger was identified as 35-year-old Thousand Palms,  California resident, Santamaria Santoyo-Padilla. 

K-9 Otto was deployed to conduct a narcotics sniff where he alerted on the vehicle.  During the search Officers located a usable amount of cocaine and methamphetamine.  They also located (13) forged U.S. Currency, $100.00 bills.  

Jose Navarro-Ruiz was arrested and charged with Possession of Dangerous Drug  (methamphetamine). Santamaria Santoyo-Padilla was arrested and charged with  Possession of Narcotic Drug (cocaine), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Dangerous Drug (methamphetamine) and Possession of Forged Instruments.  Everyone arrested were booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center.


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