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Arizona Department of Public Safety Seizes 187 pounds of Marijuana and arrests three suspects near Vail, Ariz.

DPS traffic stop turns into coordinated search

Monday, July 25, 2011 -

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On July 22, 2011, Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol officers attempted to stop a vehicle on Interstate 10 at milepost 283 (near Vail, Arizona) for a moving violation. The vehicle fled from officers and came to a stop at milepost 281. Three suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards a Vail area neighborhood. A coordinated search of the area was conducted by the Highway Patrol, the Highway Patrol Tucson Ranger Helicopter Air Rescue team, and Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies. The coordinated tactical response kept the three suspects pinned to a single location where a Highway Patrol K9 unit was able to safety locate the three suspects and all were arrested without injury.

Several officers involved were working an overtime shift using Border Guardian funding, a program implemented by Governor Brewer as part of the state’s Border Security Enhancement Program.

187 pounds of Marijuana was located in the vehicle. The driver, a Phoenix resident, and the two passengers, both undocumented aliens from Mexico, were booked into the Pima County Jail.

Three suspects were arrested and booked.


Carlos A. Romero 20, Phoenix, Az. (driver)

Juan Benitez-Carlon 23, Los Mochis, Mexico

Manuel German-Lopez 31, Oaxaca, Mexico

Charges: Transport and Sale of Dangerous Drugs


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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.