On January 31, 2017, 53-year-old Colorado resident John Daugherty was arrested for charges including Transportation/Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drugs and Paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond.
At approximately 9:30 AM, a YCSO K9 deputy stopped a white Chrysler 200 travelling east on I40 near Ash Fork, Arizona, due to a windshield obstruction violation. During contact with the driver and only occupant, Mr. Daugherty, he remained extremely nervous and deceptive in answering even basic questions. Based on the deputy’s training and experience, he suspected Daugherty was involved in some type of criminal activity to include transporting contraband. Daugherty claimed there was nothing illegal in the vehicle and declined a request to search the interior.
Based on a continued suspicion, the deputy deployed his certified K9 partner “Miley” around the exterior of the vehicle to determine if any illicit drug odors could be detected. At the rear driver’s side door, “Miley” displayed a trained alert response to the presence of a drug odor. During a search of the vehicle to locate the source of the odor, the deputy found a cellophane package that contained a ¼ pound of heroin. Daugherty denied any knowledge of the heroin found in his vehicle.
On February 2, 2017, at approximately 8 AM, 22-year-old Christina Gonzales, 27-year-old George Arizpe, 31-year-old Victor Hernandez, and 32-year-old Naomi Hernandez, were arrested for Transportation/Possession of Marijuana for Sale, Transportation/Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Possession of Marijuana and Paraphernalia. The suspects were in the process of transporting more than 26 pounds of marijuana, 1/2 pound of THC Wax, and THC candy and balm, from California to Texas. All suspects are from Texas and have since been released on bonds ranging from $15,000 to $20,000.
At the indicated time, a YCSO K9 deputy stopped a 2016 Hyundai sedan for a moving violation on east I40 in the area of Ash Fork, Arizona. While following the vehicle, 3 of the 4 occupants were seen laying down in their respective seats apparently attempting to hide. The driver was identified as Gonzales along with 3 passengers, Arizpe, V. Hernandez and N. Hernandez. The occupants were unable to answer basic questions that a group of passengers sharing a destination would commonly know.
Based on evidence developed during the investigation, deputies conducted a search of the vehicle and found 2 large duffel bags in the trunk that contained approximately 26 pounds of marijuana and ½ pound of THC Wax. Jars of marijuana were found scattered around the vehicle.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov