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6/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Deputies seize over $100,000, find heroin and meth in traffic stops
From left, Janelle Mills, 32, of Oklahoma, and Christina Reyes, 45, of Phoenix.
From left, Janelle Mills, 32, of Oklahoma, and Christina Reyes, 45, of Phoenix.
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Two traffic stops by Yavapai County Sheriff's Deputies resulted in the seizure of nearly $113,000 in cash, heroin, and methamphetamines, a YCSO spokesman said.

On June 5, a deputy with a K-9 partner stopped Janelle Mills, 32, from Oklahoma, as she drove west on I-40 for a moving violation and an equipment violation, Dwight D'Evelyn, sheriff's spokesman said.

While talking with her, the deputy learned she was headed for northern California and noted that she was extremely nervous, D'Evelyn said. The deputy believed she was carrying drugs, asked to search the car, and was turned down.

He then deployed his K-9, who alerted on the driver's side door, D'Evelyn said, and the subsequent search turned up a Gucci handbag in the trunk with several clear plastic packages containing nearly $113,000.

The deputy also smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from other bags in the trunk, and "a fair amount of marijuana residue was found in several bags," D'Evelyn said. "These bags had been used to transport loads in the past and could constitute a possession charge based on the residue," he added.

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

The next day, a deputy stopped a car at the I-17 Sunset Point rest area about 6:30 p.m. for an equipment violation. The driver, Christina Reyes, 45, of Phoenix, was nervous, D'Evelyn said, and the conversation with the deputy led him to believe she was carrying drugs.

She gave him permission to search the car, and in the trunk, he found 28 grams of heroin and 31 grams of meth along with some prescription narcotics, D'Evelyn said.

Reyes was booked into the Camp Verde jail on charges including possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, and possession of dangerous and narcotic drugs.

Reyes is out on a $10,000 bond.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013
Article comment by: Uncle Remus

Aw yes. A flock of "jailhouse lawyers" going at it again. All the court house verbiage learned from watching too much of the "CNN trial network". After that broad down in Phoenix was found guilty they don't have another "Trial of the century".
All of this started with the OJ trial. Criminal trials are now entertainment and now Joe Blow is the local Jail house lawyer.
It's a complete bore if you ask me.


Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: To: Bill of rights (all of them!!)


Actually, a positive alert gives probable cause to search. Case law, all the way up to SCOTUS, has stated that a positive alert on a vehicle gives an officer PC to search the car (just like if the cop smells weed in a car, he can search it).

Recent case law has ruled that the odor of drugs (positive alert) on the front door of a home creates some issues (i.e., was the officer trespassing on your property to get to the front door).


Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Phil Whitehead

Bogus Constitutional Rights, huh??

YOU need therapy.


Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@More Addicts More Problems: What are you smoking, chief? Are you saying I have a heroin habit because I think the drug war hasn't done a darn thing for us except more destruction? I suggest you get some help.

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Article comment by: Mr. Maverick

It is always nice to get meth and heroin off the streets. Our police should target these deadly drugs more often and stop wasting time on marijuana.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: More Adicts More Problems

All the druggers and addicts and proponents of lax laws regarding drugs...go overdose and have a quick passing...you are a blight to the community and the country

Stop screwing up the system, hiding behind some bogus constitutional rights, guns, addiction etc., grow up, get a life. Stop hiding and whining, take responsibility for yourself and your addiction. We owe you NOTHING!.

We don't need you in a normal society, we are sick of supporting your habit...get lost...anywhere, somewhere, disappear. Bye Bye!


Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

Msg. #2 to Tom Von Deck
In July, ALECA ( AZ Law Enforcment Canine Assn.) will have training and competition at the Event Center in P.V. and on one day it is open to the public.I'm sorry but I don't know which day that will be. Folks will be able to see how the dogs work and just how good they are. It is worth attending and seeing if the dogs hit on something because of what they see or what they smell.
It's just a thought.


Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Don't Have It

Well, I guess if you don't carry dope in your car then you have nothing to worry about...The police can come search my car any time they please with or without a dog because I know it isn't going to be an issue.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@Reed: As a side note, My pockets were searched once for the crime of being a passenger in that same artistically decorated van. All they had to do that time was say "I smell incense". There was no incense. Like I said before, the war on drugs is always about the "other". If you're not one of those "other people" you don't have to worry about harrassment. The constitution might as well be toilet paper.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@Reed Winfrey: I don't believe everything on the internet. I suggested that people look at CREDIBLE SOURCES like this UC Davis study which gives results similar to many others: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/crime-courts/legal-challenge-questions-reliability-police-dogs

If you have the wrong "look", they will pull you over. Then, you're at the mercy of the dogs. I remember getting pulled over because my friend had political bumperstickers on his car, and they threatened to bring in the dogs. This is in the same town where my other friend got repeatedly pulled over for having an artistically decorated van with bumperstickers. Studies like this one show that if you have the wrong stickers or art on your car, they can just bring in the dogs and search your car even if there are no drugs at all. Good thing you look "normal", Reed. The constitution is only for people who do.


Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

Msg to Tom Von Deck
If it's on the internet it must be true. I saw that commercial too.


Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@Reed Winfrey: The studies show that police dogs are wrong more often than right when sniffing for drugs. Do a Google search for "police dogs false positives" and find the more credible sources. Those dogs are pretty much useless.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Mr. Maverick

They are on thin ice with a questionable search and seizure. Arizona just lost another important case in front of the Supreme Court. The high court, in the case Arizona v. ITCA, upheld federal law that set a national standard for voter registration. The court rejected Arizona’s effort to require prospective voters to produce additional citizenship documentation beyond what is required by the current law. Arizona has become the nut case state.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Perhaps I am addicted.

I swear off reading comments on here, only to inevitably return.

Why? Why, would I keep such company?

Any of those insanely innumerable rehabs in town help out people who support law enforcement, celebrate drugs being seized, cheer when sex offenders are held to account, yet cannot seem to keep themselves from periodically reading the blathering comments of those who clearly feel otherwise?

These? Here? Uniquely bad. Ew. I need a shower.

Good work, YCSO. Keep it up!



Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Reed Winfrey

If you are bringing Heroin and Meth into the area where I, and my family and friends live, I would hope the police of any agency would find a way to stop you and take you and the drugs off the street.

Fix your car, clean up your act, and you have nothing to worry about. The dogs won't "Hit" on something that isn't there. They really won't.

The future of your friends and family depends on removing the dangerous drugs from our area. You can support the current laws, or you can support the drug dealers. You can also change the laws if you really want to get involved rather than just comment.

For those of you that are slamming the cops, how about telling us what you have done to make this area safer for the future of this country. Have you volunteered somewhere? Have you mentored someone in a positive way? Are your children productive members of society? Are you leading by example?
Just something to think about before you speak.


Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Policing For Profit

Ever wonder what happens to the cash, car or other valuables? The recent Courier article on these "fishing" trips with K9 was an eye opener. Follow the money.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Star

the posters in this paper and drunken dope taking cop hating idiots

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Gottah Goah

Now days, more than ever, more people are carrying illegal drugs, people, and driving stolen vehicles right down the interstate. I am glad to see the cops bust these hoodlams before they take out my family! What rights do they have when driving on a state highway commiting these crimes? By the looks of these two women, they just look guilty!

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Axel Grease

How difficult would it be to train a dog to "alert" on axel grease, motor oil, cologne, aftershave and any other element always found around a car?
Since you cannot cross examine the dog you have to accept the officer's tale.

I hate the thought of heroine and meth getting into the hands of young people almost as much as I hate the erosion of our basic rights to go about the country unmolested by questionable police tactics.
Let's remember all of these LEO are not choir boys some are gang members ala Iron Brotherhood, etc.


Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: No way, man

No way! Marijuana was involved? And they were driving? And trafficking? Truly, I hate drugs. Scourge on our society.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Common Senzi

This is America. If you exercise your legal right to not answer questions they will detain you, and then have a dog alert on your vehicle giving them cause to search it.

Even though you never had any drugs.

And this is why I have lost all respect for the police. This is why I do not give them any assistance and will cooperate only to the barest legal requirement. This is why I will not give them the time of day. You did it to yourselves guys.



Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

@@Liberal Perspective: I assume you have the "look" that tells police you're a normal middle class soccer mom or whatever. Not everyone has that look, and they're the ones who have to suffer harassment and search. It's always "those people" who need such treatment. That's what the war on drugs runs on. It's always the "other". Then it's OK for the cops to do whatever they feel like doing.

Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: Bill of rights (all of them!!)

I want drugs off the streets as much as the next guy, but I disagree with the loss of 4th amendment rights. Multiple supreme court cases have said that a dog alert is grounds to apply for a search warrant, but is not grounds for an immediate search.

The Bill of Rights is important!!! Every one is excited about the 2nd amendment, why are they willing to forego the 4th amendment?


Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Article comment by: wayne lebowski

@A Liberal Perspective
My handle could easily be A Conservative Perspective, and I wouldn't change a word of your post


Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Citizen

The Sheriff's Office K9's have seemed to make a lot more arrests and big cases lately. Keep it up guys! Those of us that actually PAY taxes support you.


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