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    Driver Tosses nearly 300 Fentanyl Pills from Car during Traffic Stop

    Scott Mascher – Sheriff

    On October 12, 2020, around 1:30 AM, 53-year-old Alex Marshall was arrested for charges including Possession of Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drug, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in-custody on a bond of $40,000. A picture containing laying, lying, food, small

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    Background – While observing traffic on I17 just north of Cordes Junction, a YCSO patrol deputy noticed a silver-colored 4 door Kia Sedan south on I17 without a license plate displayed. When the driver seemed to notice the deputy, he rapidly changed lanes and tried to duck out of view. The deputy activated his emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop after the Kia turned on to Stagecoach Trail. The driver did not immediately pull over. Eventually, the vehicle stopped near a large bush leaning into the roadway. It appeared the driver intended to stop by the bush because as the vehicle was slowing, the deputy noticed arm movement indicating objects were being thrown through the passenger window. A person looking at the camera

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    The deputy contacted the driver, Alex Marshall, who was the only occupant and unusually nervous while conversing with the deputy. A record check indicated Marshall’s driving privileges were suspended. Based on Marshall’s behavior, the deputy suspected illicit activity and received permission from Marshall to search his person and the vehicle. Marshall was found in possession of nearly $600 in cash, folded into individual amounts and held together with hair ties. Inside the vehicle, the deputy recovered a drug pipe with methamphetamine residue. A search of the area just outside the passenger window where it appeared Marshall had tossed something, revealed 4 separate plastic baggies each containing numerous blue pills marked M30, presumptive for fentanyl. 

    Based on the recovery of 289 pills and the configuration of the US Currency found in Marshall’s vehicle, there was probable cause to believe Marshall was involved in the sale of narcotics. He was arrested on the charges indicated. Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

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