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Apr 5, 2013 10:30 PM by Robby Messer

Drugs found in SUV next to newborn

PINAL COUNTY - A traffic stop along Interstate-10 between Tucson and Casa Grande leads sheriff's deputies to marijuana hidden next to a newborn child.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office tells News 4 a K-9 deputy patrolling along I-10 near milepost 200 and noticed a 2007 Cadillac Escalade with excessively dark side window tint. The K-9 deputy radioed in the license plate and stopped the SUV when he found out it had no insurance.

Inside the vehicle were a husband and wife and their 12-day-old child.

The couple told the deputy they were from Tucson heading to the Phoenix area. The driver was acting nervous and raised the deputy's suspicion. The deputy returned to his vehicle and released his K-9 partner. The dog immediately alerted on a portion of the SUV.

Inside the SUV, near the newborn baby, was a secret compartment with 15 pounds of marijuana worth a street value of nearly $10,000.

The driver, Alejandro Ortiz, 22-years-old, was arrested by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and faces charges of Possession of Marijuana and Transportation of Marijuana. He will be booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center. His wife was released at the scene with her baby as she could not be tied to the marijuana in the SUV.

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