Tue, Oct. 15

Drug dog spots apparent drug dealer

It appears that another Verde Valley drug dealer is off the street thanks to a long nose.

When a Yavapai County Sheriff's deputy spotted a car Tuesday night travelling "well over the posted speed" on Arizona 260, he stopped John Charles Zuber, 33, of Bridgeport. The deputy was writing up a warning, until he began to suspect that Zuber was drug-impaired. Zuber denied any drug use or possession and refused to agree to a vehicle search. But he was arrested for DUI/drugs.

The deputy's drug dog did a sniff-check. Marco immediately pointed to the driver's side door where the deputy allegedly found 6.6 grams of methamphetamine, a meth pipe and other paraphernalia and $2,050 in cash. Inside the gas door of the car, the officer allegedly found a bag of marijuana weighing 29.8 grams (1.05 ounces).

The large stash of drugs prompted a search warrant for Zuber's Bates Road home, according to the report. At the home, officers found more drugs: 12.5 grams of cocaine, 3.5 ounces of meth and a half-pound of marijuana, along with scales, paraphernalia, prescription meds, four fire arms, a scanner and video surveillance equipment.

A 1995 Toyota Tacoma with its ID numbers removed, reported stolen from Phoenix, was also allegedly recovered from the property.

Zuber is now held pending a $40,000 bond, charged with two counts of dangerous drug possession, possession of marijuana, transportation and sale of dangerous drugs, vehicle theft, possession/make or manufacture of dangerous drugs and a Verde Valley Justice Court warrant.

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