Police find 15 pounds of marijuana next to newborn - Tucson News Now

Police find 15 pounds of marijuana next to newborn

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Tucson man was arrested today after police discovered 15 pounds of marijuana in a secret compartment of his car, next to a 12-day-old baby.

A Pinal County Sheriff noticed a Cadillac Escalade with excessive window tint headed westbound on I-10 near milepost 20 just after 12:30 p.m. He then radioed in the license plate to discover the car had no insurance and he initiated a stop.

A husband, wife and their 12-day-old child were inside the SUV. Alejandro Ortiz, 22, who was the driver of the car, told the officer they were headed to Phoenix. His tense actions led the officer to return to his vehicle and deploy his K-9 partner.

The dog alerted the officer to an area of the car. Upon further investigation, the officer discovered $10,000 worth of marijuana in a compartment next to the newborn.

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested Ortiz for possession of marijuana and transportation of marijuana and he will be booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center.

Ortiz's wife was released with her baby at the scene because she could not be linked to the marijuana in the vehicle.

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