Angel Martinez-Santana

A man allegedly hauling drugs across Interstate 40 reportedly blew through the Inspection Station at the California border, resulting in a traffic stop and drug bust inside Arizona. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said MAGNET task force detectives were summoned following the Thursday, March 17 traffic stop about 65 miles west of Kingman.

Mortensen said ADOT requested use of an MCSO K9 to assist with inspection of the commercial vehicle pulled over at mile post 3.

“During the inspection, K9 Grimm alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the tractor,” she said. “Officers searched the commercial vehicle and located duffel bags that contained several bundles of a substance that tested positive for cocaine.”

Mortensen said the 143 pounds of seized cocaine has a $2-million street value. Angel Martinez-Santana, 42, Dominican Republic, was arrested and jailed on drug charges. The investigation continues.

Dave Hawkins