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Cottonwood Police K-9 Unit Conduct Traffic Stop Resulting In The Finding Of 12 Pounds Of Fentanyl Wednesday

Cottonwood Police K-9 Unit had a busy Wednesday after stopping a vehicle for a cracked windshield that led to a 12-pound fentanyl bust. Cottonwood K-9 Officers were performing additional enforcement near Interstate 17 and the McGuireville exit, when 38-year-old phoenix resident Carlos Ignacio Urias Meza was stopped in his 2007 Volvo sedan. K-9 Otto was deployed to sniff the vehicle, which resulted in Otto alerting officers of a duffel bag in the back seat. The bag consisted of five large plastic bags of blue “M/30” pills, totaling 50-thousand fentanyl pills, or 12 pounds. Officers also found a usable amount of meth located in the vehicle. Meza was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center on multiple felony charges including transporting dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The investigation is still on-going.