ASH FORK – A cooler containing a garbage bag full of marijuana edibles, hash, hash oil and other THC-based products was discovered during a traffic stop Aug. 9 in Ash Fork.
Around 6:45 a.m., a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputy conducted the stop on a white passenger car regarding an equipment violation on I-40 East, according to a news release from YCSO.
The driver identified himself as Demitrio Uriostegui, 22, from Texas.
While speaking with the driver, the deputy could immediately detect a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to the release. There were three passengers in the vehicle including Gerardo Lopez, 25, and Julian Camacho-Soto, 27, both from Texas.
In order to determine the source of the odor, a search of the vehicle was conducted. Deputies found a white cooler containing a garbage bag full of marijuana edibles and many other THC-based products, according to the release.
During follow-up, Camacho-Soto admitted to ownership of the cooler contents. Lopez acknowledged possessing a quantity of marijuana found near the front seat. Uriostegui admitted possession of a portion of the content in the cooler. The fourth passenger, a female, was not charged.
Uriostegui and Lopez were issued criminal citations for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Camacho-Soto was transported to the Yavapai County Jail and booked for possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of narcotic drugs. He remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.