Yesterday, during a multi-agency K9 operation on I 40 in the Ash Fork area, a YCSO K9 deputy stopped a 2016 white Dodge Charger for an equipment violation on east I40 around 1 PM. The Dodge contained 3 occupants identified as 31-year-old Jabril Burrell who was driving, with 21-year-old Andre Ortega and a female adult as passengers. Both named occupants are from California.
During a conversation with the Burrell regarding the traffic violation, he seemed abnormally nervous. At the same time, the deputy could detect the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle’s interior. Burrell denied a consent to search request from the deputy indicating the mentioned smell came from a certain cigar he had been smoking. The K9 deputy sought to verify his suspicions using his K9 partner “Gemma,” who is certified by the National Police Canine Association in the detection specified drug odors including marijuana, cocaine and heroin. During an exterior sniff of the vehicle, “Gemma” displayed a positive alert indicating the odor of illicit drugs within the vehicle. A search of vehicle’s trunk revealed more than 15 pounds of marijuana in several suitcases. Both suspects admitted to possessing the marijuana which was being transported to the east coast.
Burrell and Ortega were arrested and booked at the Camp Verde Detention on charges of Transportation and/or Sales of Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana for Sale. Both remain in-custody and bond has not been set as of this writing. The female passenger was not charged.
ADDITIONAL INCIDENT –
While YCSO K9 units were monitoring traffic on I40 in the Ash Fork area, they observed a white Volvo travelling west at a very high rate of speed. A radar reading by one of the K9 deputies indicated the vehicle speed at 131 mph. Using radio communication between patrol cars, deputies were finally able to stop the vehicle. The driver, a 24-year-old female, stated she was speeding because of her need to use the restroom. Fortunately, she was not impaired. She was arrested and booked on a charge of Criminal Speed, misdemeanor, and has since been released.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov