Troopers Seize Drugs and Firearms, Arrest Two Suspects Following Traffic Stop on Interstate 8


- For Immediate Release -


Tuesday, July 19, 2022

On Wednesday, July 13, 2022, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper stopped the driver of a Toyota RAV4 for moving violations on eastbound Interstate 8 near milepost 21, in Wellton. During the traffic stop, the trooper observed indicators of criminal activity. While conducting a search of the vehicle, the trooper located approximately 11.9 pounds of suspected fentanyl pills.

The driver and sole occupant, 28-year-old Laura Yancel Robles, of Phoenix, was booked into the Yuma County Jail on charges including conspiracy, participating in an illegal enterprise, transportation of a narcotic drug, and possession of a narcotic drug for sale.

Later that day, AZDPS Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) detectives served a related search warrant on the residence of Carlos Ramirez-Gutierrez, 29, in San Luis, AZ. Detectives seized the following items from the residence:

  • Approximately 2.1 pounds of methamphetamine
  • Approximately 1.18 pounds of fentanyl pills
  • Approximately 2.08 pounds of fentanyl powder
  • Approximately 1.18 pounds of unknown powder
  • 2 high-capacity rifles
  • 6 handguns
  • 2 firearm suppressors
  • Magazines
  • Ammunition
  • 1 BB replica rifle
  • Two vehicles
  • $2,436 in U.S. currency 


Ramirez-Gutierrez was arrested and booked into the Yuma County Jail on charges including:

  • Possession of a narcotic drug for sale
  • Possession of a dangerous drug for sale
  • Transportation of a narcotic drug
  • Money laundering
  • Misconduct with weapons in a drug offense
  • Misconduct with weapons by a prohibited possessor
  • Conspiracy
  • Participating in an illegal enterprise 


The San Luis Police Department, Yuma Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration assisted AZDPS with this investigation.

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