On December 21, 2016, around 6:30 AM, a YCSO K9 deputy stopped a 2016 red Toyota Corolla with Arkansas plates for moving violations on east I40 near Ash Fork, Arizona. The driver was identified as 28-year-old Liz Romo-Aleman from Arkansas and she was the only occupant apparently driving from California back to her home state. During a discussion about the traffic violations and her travel itinerary, the K9 deputy noted several deceptive answers to basic questions. As the interaction continued, the deputy, based on his training and experience, believed Romo-Aleman could be involved in the transporation of drug contraband and requested consent to search her vehicle. She declined. As a result, the deputy deployed his K9 partner, “Gemma,” for an exterior sniff of the vehicle.
During the vehicle walk around, “Gemma” displayed trained alert responses to the seam between the passenger doors. A subsequent search of the vehicle eventually revealed sealed packages of drugs hidden behind a passenger door panel. Once processed, the recovered drugs included 12.5 pounds of cocaine and 2.5 pounds of heroin.
Romo-Aleman refused to answer any questions regarding the drug load. She was booked at the Camp Verde Detention on charges including Transportation of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Possession of Narcotic/Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She remains in-custody on a $200,000 bond.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov