A traffic stop on Friday night led to the arrest of a man on drug-related charges.
Muktar M. Giundi, 37, was charged with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
At about 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 3, a Maricopa Police Officer made a traffic stop across from Fry’s Marketplace on a silver Chevrolet Malibu with expired registration. The driver, Giundi, stated he was having issues with titling the paperwork.
Giundi also was found to have a non-extraditable warrant in Phoenix on DUI drugs, according to the probable cause statement.
Giundi denied having illegal drugs in the vehicle and denied consent to search the vehicle, police said. However, the officer deployed K9 Karma and conducted an “open-air sniff,” which gave a positive alert for the odor of narcotics on the driver-side door seam.
With probable cause to search the vehicle, the officer found a clear plastic container with 35 blue pills with M30 markings, a red straw, burnt tin foil and a glass bulbous pipe with white residue.
According to police, the blue pills are commonly known to contain fentanyl and the glass pipe is known to smoke methamphetamine.
Giundi admitted the paraphernalia belonged to him and he bought the pills for a “couple dollars apiece” in Phoenix, police said.
Giundi was arrested and booked into Pinal County jail.