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DPS Officer makes traffic stop and discovers 17 pounds of meth worth over $300,000 behind front bumper of vehicle

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 -

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On March 23, 2010, just before 10:00 a.m., a DPS Highway Patrol Officer stopped a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu sedan traveling east on Interstate 10 in Goodyear for a traffic violation. The officer received consent to search the vehicle and a DPS narcotics canine performed an exterior sniff of the vehicle. The canine alerted to the vehicle and a subsequent search revealed 17 pounds of Methamphetamine behind the front bumper. The estimated street value of the methamphetamine is $323,000 dollars. The driver, Jose Martinez Perez, 20, of San Diego, Calif., was arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on charges of possession and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale. The drugs and vehicle were seized.

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