3/7/2013 2:28:00 PM K9 triggers cocaine arrest of Cottonwood couple
A Yavapai County sheriff's deputy stopped a black Nissan Murano Friday on Interstate 17. After his K-9 alerted on the car, a Cottonwood couple was arrested for drugs.
The vehicle had been pulled over for driving without lights and following too closely just south of the AZ -169 junction.
Richie Wilson, 38, was the driver traveling with his wife, 31-year-old Kristy Wilson, both of Cottonwood.
While speaking with the Wilsons, the deputy became suspicious they may be concealing contraband drugs. Both Wilsons refused to agree to a consent search of the vehicle.
The deputy deployed his K9 dog, which alerted on a door seam of the Nissan. Based on the confirmed K9 alert, deputies were able to search the vehicle. In the glove compartment, officers found three clear plastic bags containing a white powder substance, confirmed as cocaine. The powder weighed about 76 grams, or 2 ½ ounces. The drugs are estimated to have a value in excess of $2,500.
Both denied knowledge of the drugs. The suspects were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center charged with possession of drugs, transportation of drugs, and possession of drugs for sale.