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6/11/2013 2:51:00 PM
Money laundering on the freeway
32-year-old Janelle Mills from Oklahoma was booked for one count of money laundering and has since been released on a $30,000 bond.
32-year-old Janelle Mills from Oklahoma was booked for one count of money laundering and has since been released on a $30,000 bond.
A Gucci handbag inside the trunk was opened and the officer found it contained several clear plastic packages containing thousands of dollars. The total came to nearly $113,000.
A Gucci handbag inside the trunk was opened and the officer found it contained several clear plastic packages containing thousands of dollars. The total came to nearly $113,000.

Last Wednesday morning, a Yavapai Sheriff's K9 deputy stopped a black Nissan sedan with Oklahoma plates on west Interstate 40. The driver, 32-year-old Janelle Mills from Oklahoma, was stopped for a moving and equipment violation. The deputy said Mills was extremely nervous as she told the deputy about her plans to driver to Northern California.

Because the woman was so jittery, the deputy suspected the she had narcotics in the car.

Mills refused when the deputy asked permission to check the vehicle contents. The deputy then ran his police K9 drug dog, which quickly alerted on the driver's door panels. When checking for the source of the odor, the deputy examined the vehicle interior and trunk finding marijuana when the truck was opened. A Gucci handbag inside the trunk was opened and the officer found it contained several clear plastic packages containing thousands of dollars. The total came to nearly $113,000. The Gucci bag matched an identical belonging to Mills found in the passenger compartment. Additional bags stored inside the trunk area all exhibited the strong odor of marijuana.

The K9 was later deployed in a controlled test utilizing three matching boxes with one hiding the seized currency. The K9 alerted on the box containing the currency indicating a drug/narcotics odor and association with those handling such contraband.

Mills was booked for one count of money laundering and has since been released on a $30,000 bond.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Article comment by: Tweek m j's brain

and you might get a rational human being.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Many of YCSO calls are on dirt roads as they cover rural areas.

I guess you haven't noticed the trend in drug busts is from YCSO on I-40 and I-17. Is this what the officers should be doing? Or community policing?
5/25/2013 1:54 PM
Yavapai deputies bag more drug shipments
Wednesday, a K9 deputy stopped a black Ford Sedona on Interstate 40, after the deputy saw the vehicle was following too closely to an 18-wheel truck and tractor....


Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: M J

Good job Officers!! Keep up the good work!!

Re: Tweek a law
Ms. Mills is a real criminal.

We should double the number of patrols


Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: C glisson

Won't argue with someone who thinks ALL law enforcement is out to get them. By the way how do you know so much about where and what YCSO is doing? Also I didn't say they were routinely patroling I-40/I-17. Would you rather they take a dirt road to their calls?

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Glisson, YCSO are routinely assigned to the I-40 and I-17 for drug detection

They were not on the way to a theft call when they stopped this woman. The last arrest was at Sunset Point. What community were they enroute to to take a month old theft report? Having deputies routinely patrol I-40/I-17 instead of the communities that pay their wages is wrong. It's all about getting bonuses from the DEA, not crime prevention.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Tweek a law here and there and presto

All the cash-- probably more, actually-- taken in the bust would have already in the state coffers of state regulated marijuana sales.

Not only that, but maybe, just maybe, the law enforcement folks involved in the bust would have been free to pursue real criminals.

Like Rick Renzi.

Not only that! but, our justice system would not have to waste money prosecuting someone for what is now legal behavior.

Not only that! we wouldn't have to waste taxpayer dollars incarcerating 'criminals' such as Ms. Mills.

Seems simple.


Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: c glisson

And how do you think YCSO gets to places like Bridgeport? While on roads you think only one agency should patrol, they are not required to close their eyes. Sometimes a drug bust on the way to a theft call that took place sometime in the last month is better police work.

Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Article comment by: Why is YCSO monitoring traffic on I-40 with an air scent dog?

I thought this was the AZ Hwy Patrols job in monitoring interstate 40. I understand about mutual aid contracts etc and cooperation between agencies, but it seems YCSO is being assigned to the Interstates for drug detection. Let the HWY Patrol do their job, and YCSO officers need to be be reassigned to the rural residential areas they are supposed to be covering. No wonder it has taken over 30 mins response time for YCSO to drive to Bridgeport.





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