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YCSO deputies find $1M worth of cocaine after traffic stop

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Eduardo Pedro Martinez/YCSO Eduardo Pedro Martinez/YCSO
47.5 lbs. cocaine & 27.5 lbs. marijuana/YCSO 47.5 lbs. cocaine & 27.5 lbs. marijuana/YCSO
Yavapai County -

On March 12, just before 7 a.m., a Yavapai County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a gray 2016 BMW sedan for equipment violations on east I-40 in Ash Fork. The driver was 20-year-old Eduardo Pedro Martinez. Martinez was asked to exit his vehicle. He refused several times until the deputy opened the car door and ordered him from the vehicle. Martinez was arrested for Failure to comply with a Police Officer and placed in the patrol unit. 

Based on the deputy's training and experience and the behavior of Martinez, he decided to use a K9 for an exterior sniff of the vehicle to determine if contraband was present. An assisting K9 deputy arrived, deploying K9 'Vader', who alerted to something in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was conducted and the deputy found two large garbage bags in the trunk. Inside the garbage bags were several packages of marijuana. A further search revealed a food stuff bag likely containing at least a "Kilo," (about 2 pounds) of what appeared to be cocaine. A cardboard box nearby was found to contain numerous additional kilos. 

The content was later confirmed as cocaine with a total weight of all packages seized at 47.5 pounds and an estimated street value exceeding 1 million dollars. The marijuana weighed in at 27.5 pounds. 

YCSO K9 deputies arrested Martinez.  Charges include Transportation of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Possession/Use of Narcotic Drugs, Transportation of Marijuana for Sale, Possession of Marijuana for Sale, Possession/Use of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Forgery and Failure to comply with a Police Officer. He was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center and remains in custody on a $750,000 bond. 

The forgery charge was for possession of a fake Social Security Card. 
Partner's Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) detectives are continuing the investigation into the source and destination of this drug load. 

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