Traffic Stop leads to Drug Arrest and Seizure of Money, Vehicle and Firearm

On March 18, 2014 at approximately 6:25 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy was traveling westbound on U.S. 60 near mile marker 218. The deputy stopped a Ford Expedition after observing a traffic violation. The driver verbally identified himself as Anthony Benitez (age 39 of Tucson). Benitez was very nervous and had difficulty standing still.
K-9 “Aza” conducted a sniff around the outside of the vehicle and immediately alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside of the vehicle. Inside of the vehicle, the deputy found 5 grams of marijuana and 1.85 ounces of methamphetamines. Also inside of the vehicle was a black bag which contained $2,009 and Benitez had $809 in cash in his pockets. A further check of the vehicle revealed three methamphetamine pipes, a drug scale and a .38 caliber revolver.
Benitez has an extensive past criminal record including both felony and misdemeanor offenses. Some of these offenses include Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Assault, Driving Suspended, Burglary, Theft, and Possession of Burglary Tools.
He was booked into the Pinal County Jail for Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Transportation of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Misconduct involved Weapons.
The vehicle, money and drugs were all seized.

PCSO press release

admin (7654 Posts)


Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Hambly announces Students of the Week

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    Leonor Hambly K-8 School has announced its Students of the Week for the week of Aug.


    Gila Board of Supervisors approve tax rates; ASARCO devalues Hayden property

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    The Gila County Board of Supervisors met on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, to approve the tax rates for the entire county. This is an annual function of the Board; the procedure is required by state law and allows the County Treasurer to accept and disburse the property taxes collected.


    Kearny Police Report

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    According to state law, there are two methods by which police may arrest suspected offenders. The suspect may be physically taken into the department and booked into jail, or the arresting


    Lisle Jean Forrester Johnsen

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    Lisle Jean Johnsen, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died suddenly on August 14, 2014.


  • Stories Just For You

    Distinguished Decals: Turning a talent into a business

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    Kearny – It is a situation most artistic or crafty people know. Out browsing a booth, somewhere, they see a painting, a necklace, or something else that, while catching


    Hydrology testing to begin on Mary Dr.

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    Resolution Copper recently informed local residents at a community forum and via mailed letters about the upcoming hydrology test site that will be drilled off of


    Superior Police Report

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    According to state law, police may arrest suspected offenders by two methods. The suspect may be physically taken into the department and booked into jail, or the arresting officer may write


    Spend Saturday at the Third Annual Superior Prickly Pear Festival

    August 19th, 2014
    by

    Are you looking for something to do this Saturday? Have you missed the last two Prickly Pear Festivals, and wondered what it was all about?


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin