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Meth found hidden in engine compartment in Yavapai County

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Yavapai County Deputies find meth hidden in engine compartment.

On March 1, about 2 a.m., a YCSO deputy stopped a blue 2006 Chrysler sedan for equipment and moving violations, including erratic vehicle movements, on south I-17 at the Highway 260 off ramp. The driver was identified as 42-year-old Jose Castillo from Phoenix. The passenger was 35-year-old Beatrice Brito from Mesa. Neither Castillo nor Brito were able to provide a driver's license. While the deputy was talking about the traffic violations, Castillo appeared unusually nervous,deceptive and confused as to who owned the vehicle. It was eventually determined Castillo was driving on a revoked license. Brito's license status also indicated revoked. Brito then told deputies Castillo's story about the urgent need to pick up a family member in the area was false. 

Based on the license status and the lack of an available licensed driver, deputies intended to impound the vehicle. While both were detained, deputies conducted an inventory check of the vehicle before having it towed. Inside the vehicle, a quantity of exposed marijuana was located on the center console along with a 'snort' straw coated in white powder, commonly used to inhale drugs such as meth. Several additional items of paraphernalia were seized. 

During a check of the engine compartment, deputies located a package inside the air filter case that was confirmed to contain a quarter pound of methamphetamine. Castillo denied knowledge of the drugs, but admitted his story about the urgent need to pick up a family member was a lie. 

Further investigation revealed Brito had been previously convicted of drug charges, resulting in prison time. Deputies discovered documentation of drug sales involving Brito and over $1,000 in cash in her purse, likely connected to drug activity. Brito also appeared under the influence of meth and admitted to smoking meth a couple days prior.  

Both Castillo and Brito were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Transportation of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana. Castillo was charged with driving on a Revoked Driver's License and has since been released pending court. Brito remains in custody on a $5,000 bond. 

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