The arrests began on December 30, 2015 at approx. 12:23 pm when Chino Valley Police conducted a traffic stop on a silver Chrysler passenger car for a traffic violation. Officers contacted the driver, 31 year old Mesa resident, Guadalupe Salazar Jimenez. The driver had no identification and the identity information could not be verified.
Mr. Jimenez was detained as the officers looked into his identity. They learned he had been associated with multiple other names on prior felony charges out of the greater Phoenix area. A drug detecting K9 was called. When deployed the K9alerted on the vehicle as well as a large sum of U.S. Currency that was inside the vehicle. A count of the currency revealed it totaled $4,312.00. Mr. Jimenez was arrested and booked on charges of failure to provide ID and money laundering.
While officers were still conducting an investigation on the first stop a Chino Valley Police K9 Officer conducted another traffic stop at approx. 1:30 pm. This stop was on a purple 2004 Volkswagen passenger car for a traffic violation. When the officer made contact with the three occupants, the officer could smell the strong odor of orange air freshener and burnt marijuana. A second officer responded to assist on the stop.
The three occupants including the driver, 21 year old Keenan Urrea from Albuquerque New Mexico, and passengers, 20 year old Gabriel Ortiz of Albuquerque New Mexico, and 20 year old Jimmy Gonzales of Alamosa Colorado, were asked to exit the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle began and revealed a glass jar with marijuana, a partially burnt marijuana cigarette, as well as a glass pipe with marijuana residue. Officers began arresting Mr. Urrea and Mr. Ortiz when they observed Mr. Gonzales attempting to dispose of items on the ground and stepping on them. Officers attempted to place Jimmy under arrest when he began resisting. A short struggle ensued but the two officers were able to subdue and arrest Jimmy as well.
A complete and thorough search of the vehicle and occupants was then conducted and revealed numerous drugs and drug related items as well as a firearm. In all, officers located 1 . ounces of Marijuana, 11 Marijuana pills, 9 brown capsules testing positive for opiates, multiple crushed pills containing opiates, 6.9 grams of cocaine, several individually wrapped doses of LSD, 11.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, several tablets containing amphetamines, and several pills of an unknown substance. In addition to the drugs, a firearm and ammunition were seized as well as $741.00 of U.S. Currency.
The three suspects were booked into the Yavapai County Jail on numerous drug and weapons charges.
On January 1, 2016, at approx. 11:23 pm Chino Valley Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The officer contacted the driver, 33 year old Paulden resident Michael Jackson, who was identified by his California driver’s license. The officer ran a check on Mr. Jackson and learned he had a suspended license out of California. While receiving this information the officer observed Mr. Jackson reaching around inside the vehicle.
The Officer returned and observed Mr. Jackson attempting to conceal items inside the vehicle. Officers arrested Mr. Jackson on his suspended license. Officers began an inventory of the vehicle and located numerous items of drug paraphernalia and a useable quantity of cocaine. Mr. Jackson was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on possession of a narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia as well as a couple traffic violations.
On January 4, 2016, at approx. 9:51 pm Chino Valley Police responded to a report of a male subject getting into vehicles in the area of Bernice Dr. in Chino Valley. Police were able to locate the male subject, identified as 20 year old Chino Valley resident Nicholas Farwell. Mr. Farwell was identified as the male subject that was getting into vehicles and he was arrested. A search of Mr. Farwell resulted in officers locating several bindles of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Mr. Farwell was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on various drug charges including possession of dangerous drugs for sale.