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Deputies: Traffic stop nets 16 lbs of narcotics worth $300k

  • PCSD
  • Estrella-Lizarraga

Pima County Sheriff's deputies seized nearly 16 pounds of meth, heroin and cocaine and arrested a man after a traffic stop Thursday, officials said.

At about 11:40 a.m., the Sheriff's Department Border Crime Unit stopped an Isuzu Rodeo for speeding at Interstate 10 and Avra Vally Road, a PCSD spokesman said in a news release.

The driver, 35-year-old Saul Estrella-Lizarraga, was traveling with his 9-year-old son from Nogales, Mexico, to Phoenix, Deputy Tracy Suitt said.

Estrella-Lizarraga is a Mexican national with a border crossing card, Suitt said.

Deputies found a hidden compartment containing drugs while searching the vehicle. They seized 7.5 pounds of heroin, 5 pounds of cocaine and 3.3 pounds of methamphetamine, worth over $300, 000, Suitt said.

Estrella-Lizarraga was arrested and booked on six counts of narcotics drug violations and one count of child abuse at the Pima County jail, said Suitt.

The boy was released to his mother, he said.

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