Traffic Stop Nets Pound Of Meth

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A routine traffic stop near Rye on Highway 87 led to the discovery of a pound of methamphetamine Monday morning.

"Department of Public Safety Officer Doc Dimbat, stopped a speeding vehicle," Gila County Narcotics Task Force Agent Tony McDaniel said. "He ran a computer check on the driver of the vehicle and found that he had a warrant for his arrest out of Maricopa county."

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A pound of methamphetamine and a wad of cash were uncovered after a routine traffic stop near Rye Monday. The meth was hidden in a compartment of the trunk of the car. Officials say the street value is anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000.

The warrant was for failure to appear on a charge of failing to provide identification.

"If you're stopped and you can't identify yourself, it's a misdemeanor," McDaniel said, "and he didn't appear in court on that charge."

The driver, 26-year-old Alfredo Flores of Phoenix, was arrested.

"An inventory of the vehicle before it was towed, revealed one pound of meth concealed in the trunk," McDaniel said. "That's when Officer Dimbat contacted the task force for assistance."

Officers also found a glass meth pipe and a digital scale, McDaniel said. The officer said a pound of meth has a street value of anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000 in the Payson market.

"(Flores) was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of methamphetamine for sale."

Flores is being held in the Payson jail in lieu of a $55,545 bond.

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