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PCSO K-9’s Continue to Find Drugs
Posted: 2/24/2014 12:00 AM

On Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 8:52 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff K-9 deputy stopped a 2013 Dodge Charger eastbound on Interstate-10 near mile post 225 outside of Red Rock after he observed the vehicle speeding. The driver of the vehicle was identified per her California drivers license as Tonette Harris (age 36 of Compton, CA), the rear seat passengers were Anthony Johnson (age 44 of Long Beach, CA) and Rukiya Stocking (age 30 of Long Beach, CA).

All three occupants said, they were traveling from California to Georgia but then gave conflicting information regarding their travel plans and relationships. They gave the K-9 deputy consent to search their vehicle. Inside of the vehicle, the deputy located a brown taped bundle concealed in the rear speaker deck. Inside of the bundle, the deputy located 4.5 ounces of methamphetamines packaged for sale.

All three of the vehicle occupants were arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail for Transportation of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of a Dangerous Drug and Possession of a Dangerous Drug for Sale. Additionally, Tonette Harris was arrested for Possession of Marijuana as she had marijuana in her purse.

On Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 4:15 p.m. a Pinal County Sheriff K-9 deputy stopped a 2011 Chevy passenger car westbound on Interstate-10 outside of Eloy for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified per a Washington driver’s license as David Castro-Espinosa (age 47). The deputy confirmed his driver’s license was valid. David was very nervous and claimed he was in town to visit his son in Tucson but he wasn’t able to provide any other details. David gave the K-9 deputy consent to search his vehicle. The deputy observed tooling to the vehicles firewall and cowling on the dash. The deputy removed the cowling and observed numerous bundles wrapped in black socks inside of the vehicles firewall.

The bundles contained 5.8 pounds of methamphetamines and 3.7 pounds of cocaine. David was arrested for Transportation of a Dangerous Drug and a Narcotic Drug, Possession for Sale of a Dangerous Drug and a Narcotic Drug and Possession of a Dangerous Drug and a Narcotic Drug.

It was later confirmed by U.S. Border Patrol, David had been previously deported back to Mexico from the United States in 1998. It was also confirmed he was once again in the United States illegally.

The vehicle was seized and paperwork will be completed requesting that it be forfeited.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “President Obama and other elected officials in Washington, D.C. have failed to take action to secure our southern border and now states like Washington, California and others are giving driver’s licenses to those who have already broken the law and entered our country illegally. When are they going to wake up and realize the national security threat an unsecured southern border presents to our country? President Obama and others in Washington, D.C. help foreign countries ensure their borders are secure yet they don’t want to secure the one which protects our own citizens.”

Public Information Officer

Mark Clark

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