Cochise County Sheriff makes drug arrest

Cochise County Sheriff makes drug arrest
38-year-old Augustine Maldonado; 37-year-old Ashley Shapley (Source: Cochise County Sheriff's Office)

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two people are facing several charges after being stopped by Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels.

According to a CCSO news release, the incident began at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2 when a vehicle failed to dim its high beams after Sheriff Dannels indicated to the other driver that the high beam lights were on.

The vehicle pulled into the Shell Station at Ramsey Canyon Road and Highway 92 after failing to stop for the CCSO sheriff. According to the release, when the vehicle did stop the passenger got out and immediately went into the Shell mini market.

Several CCSO deputies arrived at the scene and entered the store, as Sheriff Dannels spoke with the driver of the vehicle 37-year-old Ashley Shapley. The deputies discovered the passenger, identified as 38-year-old Augustine Maldonado inside the bathroom with a paper bag. Searching the bag deputies discovered two donuts and two plastic bags of suspected heroin.

According to the CCSO news release the substance inside the plastic baggies was field tested, resulting in a positive for heroin. One bag weighed 24.6 grams, while the other weighed 1.6 grams.

Both Maldonado and Shapley were arrested and booked into the Cochise County Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of paraphernalia
  • Sale/Manufacture of a controlled substance
  • Transportation of drugs for sale

After an interview with Shapley, she faces additional charges:

  • Use of a building for the sale of narcotics
  • Citation for Failure to Dim headlights

According to CCSO a search warrant was obtained in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 3 for Shapley's house and as a result of that warrant a second woman, who was living in the home was arrested on an outstanding felony arrest warrant.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the CCSO.

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