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Special Crimes Unit arrests Cottonwood business owner



COTTONWOOD - In recent weeks, Yavapai Sheriff's detectives in the Special Crimes Unit served two search warrants on two separate Cottonwood businesses and the business owner's homes. The search warrants were based on information related to drug sales at the locations.

On June 19, a search warrant was served at the Carneceria Grocery in the 3500 block of SR 89A in Cottonwood. Over 18 grams of methamphetamine and a digital scale were found in the kitchen.

A warrant was also served in the 4500 block of East Butte Drive, where detectives linked 26-year-old Ivan Lopez Chaidez to the drugs. While preparing to serve the warrant at the grocery, a mini-van arrived and after a K9 alerted on the vehicle, two suspects were arrested for possession of 28 grams of marijuana found in the van. Chaidez was arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including possession of narcotic drug and dangerous drugs for sale, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

On July 8, search warrants were served at the Tire Shop in the 500-block of North Main Street and a home on Pleasant Valley Drive in Verde Village. Detectives developed information that cocaine was being sold from both locations. In the kitchen of the home, they found nearly 100 grams of cocaine, most inside a hollowed out rolling pin and more in a kitchen drawer. The total street value is nearly $10,000 dollars. Humberto Villalobos-Bermudez, 35, part owner of the Tire Shop who also resides at the home, was arrested. No contraband was found at the Tire Shop.

Bermudez was charged with possession of a narcotic drug for sale, use of a narcotic drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with one count of child abuse due to access a 5-year-old child had to drugs in the kitchen.