The traffic stop on John Wayne Parkway drew a crowd but resulted in a standard drug arrest. Photo by Michelle Sorensen

By Ethan McSweeney

Maricopa police arrested a woman on State Route 347 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana after a traffic stop on June 21.

Police pulled over a black Dodge Dart on SR 347 south of Honeycutt Avenue around 4:39 p.m., according to a Maricopa Police Department report. The officer didn’t say in the report why the Dart was pulled over, MPD spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said.

Four people were in the Dart at the time. The front seat passenger in the car, Veronica Santana, 46, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

A Border Patrol unit arrived at the scene because Maricopa police needed a K9 unit for a “sniff search,” Alvarado said, and Border Patrol had the closest canine.

Santana was charged with possession of marijuana, a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia, the report read.

Santana also had a felony warrant for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia from Pinal County Superior Court with a $500 bond, according to the report.

Police booked Santana into Pinal County Jail.


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