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PCSD : Traffic stop leads to $400K drug bust

Posted: 10:35 PM, Jan 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-18 05:35:40Z
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TUCSON — The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a man and allegedly located over $400,000 worth of drugs in a search warrant in the 1000 block of N. Euclid Rd.

On Tuesday, PCSD officers pulled over a vehicle in for a traffic investigation in northeast Tucson, leading them to discover $1,916 and several bags containing cocaine, heroin, suspected fentanyl, and methamphetamine.

The driver, 34-year-old Jesus Maria Lopez-Verduzco, was subsequently arrested and booked for five counts of criminal activity : two for drug possession, one for transportation of sale, another for prohibited possessor and, lastly, a count for firearm possession during narcotic transportation.

After his arrest, the deputies then served a search warrant at a home on North Wilmot Road, near Pima Street. Inside, deputies found 10,000 suspected fentanyl pills, 11.3 pounds of heroin and 5.76 lbs. of cocaine, about 9 pounds of methamphetamine, and a stolen handgun, all with a combined estimated street value of over $400,000.