A routine traffic stop last week netted the Gila County Sheriff's Office’s the largest Phencyclidine or PCP drug bust in the state for the year.
On Thursday, a Gila County Sheriff’s Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force agent stopped a rental vehicle with a Missouri license plate on Highway 60 at milepost 255, just east of Globe, said Sheriff John R. Armer. During the traffic stop, “indicators of criminal activity were observed,” so Boris, the Gila County Sheriff’s Narcotics K-9, sniffed out the vehicle and alerted agents to possible drugs inside.
Agents found five gallons of PCP inside the vehicle. The street value of the drugs is approximately $160,000.
“This seizure is the largest one conducted for 2010 in the state of Arizona,” Armer said.
Darin Nolan Smith of Lavergne, Tenn. and Darell Scorpio Smith of Kansas City, Kan. were arrested on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale and transportation of a dangerous drug for sale.
Both men were booked into the Gila County Jail and are being held on $75,000 bond.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety crime lab, explosives disposal and hazardous materials units assisted on scene.
“Due to their quick response and assistance, evidence was preserved and the situation was made safe,” Armer said.