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Over 30 pounds of drugs seized on I-40 near Ash Fork

K9 Vader standing helped locate a load of drugs during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Ash Fork Aug. 18. (Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy)

K9 Vader standing helped locate a load of drugs during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Ash Fork Aug. 18. (Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy)

ASH FORK, Ariz. — A Florida man was arrested for transporting over 30 pounds of drugs and narcotics in Yavapai County Aug. 18.

Demetrius Dowdell, 39, was driving on Interstate 40 in the Ash Fork area when a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) K9 deputy noticed his vehicle had visible windshield obstructions, including a windshield-mounted dash camera and radar detector, YCSO reported. The deputy decided to pull Dowdell’s vehicle over and start a conversation with him.

“Demetrius was more nervous than the average motoring public in a similar situation and when he exited his vehicle to speak with the deputy, he locked the car doors — not typical behavior by a motorist during a traffic stop,” YCSO spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn said.

As the conversation continued, Dowdell’s nervousness increased as he offered conflicting accounts of his travel plans, D’Evelyn said. When asked if he was transporting drugs in his vehicle, Dowdell said he was not. The deputy suspected Dowdell was lying, so he deployed his certified K9 partner, Vader, for a free air/exterior sniff of the vehicle. During the walk around, the K9 alerted at least twice to an odor of narcotics coming from the trunk and passenger side of the vehicle, D’Evelyn said.

Deputies opened the trunk and found two bags — a duffle bag and a suitcase. Inside the duffle bag, deputies discovered 29 large plastic bags containing apparent methamphetamine along with other narcotics, YCSO reported.

Sample testing of the contents revealed there were about 25 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.5 pounds of white powder heroin and 2 pounds of ‘Black Tar’ heroin — a total weight of 30.5 pounds.

“Further testing will be necessary to confirm the exact make-up of the narcotics,” D’Evelyn said.

Dowdell is facing charges including transportation of dangerous drugs for sales, possession of dangerous drugs, transportation of narcotic drugs for sales, possession of narcotic drugs for sales, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of paraphernalia. He was booked into the Yavapai County jail in Camp Verde, where he remains in-custody on a $300,000 bond.

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