PAYSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - On June 5, at about 8 a.m., a trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on State Route 87 near Payson. While speaking with the driver, the trooper observed indicators of possible criminal activity. During a search of the vehicle, 56.5 pounds of meth, 4.3 grams of marijuana, a handgun and over $1,000 in cash were discovered.
State detectives took disposition of the investigation and seized the contraband. The street value of the meth is $2.5 million, making it one of the largest meth seizures in Gila County to date.
The driver, 24-year-old Nicholas Y. Quezada and two passengers, 20-year-old Cheyanne Silco and 20-year-old Cesar A. Huerta are residents of Hobbs, NM. All three were booked into the Gila County jail with the following charges:
- Possession of a dangerous drug
- Possession of a dangerous drug for sale
- Transportation of a dangerous drug
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
Huerta had additional charges for - Possession of marijuana, Possession of a weapon
"This is one of the largest methamphetamine seizures to occur in Gila County and will make an impact on the distribution of this type of dangerous drug throughout the country," AZDPS Major George Manera said. "We are committed to disrupting the flow of illegal drugs in Arizona, no matter what area it occurs in."