Police: Two men arrested with more than $200K in fentanyl, meth
COTTONWOOD – Two men were arrested earlier this month during a traffic stop that the Cottonwood Police Department says involved the seizure of drugs worth more than $200,000 in street value.
Jose Isabel German-Barraza, 33, of Mexico, and Juan Dedios Cuadras-Cuadras, 29, of Phoenix, were arrested Oct. 7.
Police released information on the arrests Oct. 29.
Both were booked into the Yavapai County Detention Center for several drug-related felonies. They were still in jail as of Oct. 29.
Officers from the Cottonwood and Williams departments were working highway interdiction on I-17 at about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 7. They stopped a black 2010 Honda four-door sedan for criminal speed — 90 mph in a 75 mph zone — northbound at about milepost 272, near State Route 169, according to the news release.
The driver presented a Mexico driver’s license that identified him as German-Barraza. He was asked to step out of the vehicle but fled on foot shortly after he stepped out, as did the passenger.
Both were apprehended a short time later, police said.
The news release said that during a search of the vehicle, the officers located about 30 pounds of methamphetamine, thousands of fentanyl pills and more than $3,600 in cash.
Even though all of the drugs were located inside of the vehicle, both men denied knowledge of the drugs, police said.
Police said the drugs have a street value between $200,000 and $300,000.
Both German-Barraza and Cuadras-Cuadras are in jail on $65,000 paper bonds.
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