Cochise County deputies arrest two in drug trafficking case

Cochise County deputies arrest two in drug trafficking case
Tracy Houlihan and Joshua Lytle

COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Deputies from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office arrested two county residents in a drug trafficking case on Tuesday, June 19.

According to a CCSO news release, 44-year-old Tracy Houlihan of Benson and 28-year-old Joshua Lytle were booked into the Cochise County Jail.

Authorities say searches of two vehicles and a hotel room led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia, heroin, methamphetamine, items related to the sale of those drugs and a handgun.

Houlihan faces the the following charges:

  • Possession of a dangerous drug
  • Possession of a dangerous drug for sale
  • Possession of a narcotic drug
  • Possession of a narcotic drug for sale
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (five counts)
  • Possession of a firearm during a drug offense

She bonded out on a $5,000 bond.

Lytle faces the following charges:

  • Possession of a dangerous drug
  • Possession of a dangerous drug for sale
  • Possession of a narcotic drug
  • Possession of a narcotic drug for sale
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (10 counts)
  • Possession of a firearm during a drug offense
  • Prohibited possessor

He is currently on probation and being held on a $25,000 bond.

Authorities say Houlihan was arrested after a canine officer alerted to the odor of narcotics during a traffic stop near I-10 and Highway 90 in Benson.

In another stop, Lytle was arrested after he was pulled over near South Patagonia Street and West Fourth Street in Benson. Again, a canine officer alerted to the odor of narcotics.

Both stops were for alleged traffic violations.

Later, a search warrant was executed at the Quality Inn Hotel in Benson, where Houlihan and Lytle were believed to be staying.

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