Drug bust nets 214 pounds of marijuana

Photo courtesy of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Members of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit and the Major Crimes and Apprehension Team pose with a drug shipment they uncovered during a traffic stop.

On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of Major Crimes and Apprehension Team detectives, located approximately 214 lbs. of marijuana inside a semi-truck towing another semi-truck traveling on eastbound Interstate 40 near milepost 300 east of Holbrook.

According to the sheriff’s office, a deputy stopped the semi-truck for an unsafe traffic violation. As he spoke to the driver, the deputy realized that none of the driver’s travel plans made any sense, so a drug detection canine was brought in and alerted to the vehicle in tow. Upon searching the vehicle, deputies located the marijuana hidden in multiple compartments.

As a result of the investigation, Juan Manuel Rios, 43, of Cathedral City, Calif., and Trong Hoang, 27, of Westminster, Calif., were booked into the Navajo County Jail on charges of transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

This case is ongoing, and further criminal charges may be added pending review by the Navajo County Attorney’s Office.