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DPS seizes a substantial amount of ecstasy, marijuana, and drug-related cash during the past week

Monday, November 23, 2009 -

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Seized ecstasy includes 1,200 pills

During the past week, officers with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) seized 1,200 ecstasy pills worth about $6,600, nearly 700 pounds of marijuana worth about $400,000, 15 pounds of meth worth about $300,000 and over $350,000 in U.S. currency.

One of the more significant seizures occurred on Saturday, November, 21, 2009, just after 6:30 p.m. when a DPS officer stopped a westbound Cadillac for a moving violation on Interstate 10 near Eloy. A U.S. Border Patrol canine unit assisted DPS during the stop that netted 1,200 ecstasy pills and ecstasy powder that combined to weigh about two pounds. Twenty-two grams of marijuana was also located and seized during the stop along with a Glock model 23C semi-automatic handgun. The driver and passenger were arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail on possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of marijuana. The driver was also charged with misconduct involving weapons. The vehicle was returned to the agency from which it was rented. The drugs and handgun were seized. The suspects were traveling from Tucson to Scottsdale.


Driver: Paul Sean Rhea, 28, of Pico Rivera, Calif.

Passenger: Robert James Raymond, 26, of Arvada, Colo.


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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.