Canine scores million dollar drug seizure

Robert Knowles

According to a police report, an officer on a northbound patrol conducted a routine traffic stop at noon on a 1998 Ford Explorer for allegedly speeding.

DPS reported that upon making contact with the driver, identified as Robert Edward Knowles, 43, of Why, Ariz., the officer allegedly observed indications of drug trafficking.

The report states that when a request to search the vehicle was denied, the officer employed his canine partner Angel to do an outside check which caused the dog to alter, giving officers probable cause for a vehicle search.

The report states the deputies allegedly located drugs that were hidden in the rear door of the vehicle.

DPS reports that along with the 20 pounds of methamphetamine, officers also located $5,200 in cash.

According to DPS, Knowles was arrested and the vehicle was seized.

Knowles was booked into the Yavapai County Detention Facility in Camp Verde and faces charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale.

DPS reports that the load was apparently headed to Nebraska, where it would have a street value of well over a million dollars.

Car his home, driver flees

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reported the arrest of Velia Barrientos-Sanchez, 28, of Cottonwood after deputies responded to a report of a hit-and-run collision on May 19 at approximately 11 p.m.

According to a police report, Sanchez allegedly crashed the vehicle she was driving, a 1987 Toyota Supra, into the side of a house located in the 2300 hundred block of Villa Drive in the Verde Villages causing an estimated $10,000 in damages.

Deputies report that there were no injuries, but Sanchez allegedly fled the scene on foot immediately after the wreck carrying a child with her.

According to the report, the occupant of the home reported that she felt the impact and witnessed two Latinos fleeing the scene carrying a small child.

The report states that deputies allegedly traced the suspect back to her home on Buckboard Trail in Verde Villages and upon contact, Sanchez allegedly admitted to being the driver of the car and that she fled the area because she feared deportation.

According to the report, Sanchez stated that she was driving on Villa Drive when she somehow lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the residence.

Deputies report that damage to the home is estimated to be between $5,000 and $10,000 dollars.

Sanchez was arrested and booked at the Yavapai County Detention Facility in Camp Verde and faces charges of felony criminal damage, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, driving without a license, having no insurance and child endangerment.

The report states that bond had not been set.

Deputies chase speeding ATV

Camp Verde Marshal's Office reported the arrest of Richard Ty Stilwell, 25, of Camp Verde, after leading officers on a vehicle pursuit.

According to a police report, a deputy on patrol had entered Montezuma Castle Highway from Interstate 17, observed an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and recognized the driver as Stilwell.

Deputies allege that Stilwell had a small child riding in front of him and a male passenger behind.

The report states that the deputy gave pursuit, chasing the ATV through the parking lot of Cliff Castle Lodge at speeds approaching 45 miles per hour.

According to the report, the pursuing deputy lost sight of the fleeing ATV but followed a dust trail on Forest Service property on the west side of the highway heading south and, upon locating the ATV on Arena Del Loma, continued pursuit to Que Pasa.

Deputies report that Stilwell allegedly attempted to jump a large berm, which caused the ATV to become airborne.

Deputies allege that Stilwell reached speeds of 50 miles per hour over eroded gravel roads and led deputies onto Apache Trail, then onto Wild Horse Drive, then onto Buffalo Trail, where he allegedly reached speeds up to 65 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone.

When Stilwell reached the intersection of Chuck Devine Road and Buffalo Trail, deputies allege that he lost control of the ATV and collided with a police vehicle.

Deputies report that Stilwell allegedly fled on foot, causing deputies to give chase, finally apprehending him near Round Up Trail.

The report states that upon arrival at the Marshal's Office, deputies allegedly located a bindle containing a white powdery substance and a glass pipe in the back seat of a deputy's car.

Deputies report that the child passenger on the ATV was released to her mother and the adult male passenger was interviewed and released.

The report states that there were no injuries and that Stilwell was transported to the Yavapai County Detention Facility in Camp Verde and faces charges of felony unlawful flight from law enforcement, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal damage, endangerment, child abuse and a misdemeanor charge driving on a suspended or revoked license.

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