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PCSO makes a drug arrest after routine traffic stop

Janette Salido-Hernandez (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Janette Salido-Hernandez (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Two marijuana bundles discovered inside the suspects SUV (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Two marijuana bundles discovered inside the suspects SUV (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Money discovered in Hernandez's purse (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Money discovered in Hernandez's purse (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
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PINAL COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Last week a K9 officer with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office stopped an SUV for traffic violations near Maricopa, and found drugs and illegal immigrants in the vehicle.

According to PCSO reports the female driver, identified as Janette Salido-Hernandez, was pulled over for traffic violations on SR 347 near milepost 182.  The officer stated there was a male in the front passenger seat, three other males in the second row seat and that a blanket covered the rear cargo area.  According to PCSO the blanket had been moving, even after the vehicle stopped; when the blanket was removed there were seven additional males and a bundle of marijuana.  An additional bundle of marijuana was found between the front passenger's legs, according to PCSO. 

Hernandez and the 11 passengers were removed from the vehicle.  After questioning the 11 passengers admitted they were in the U.S. illegally, according to PCSO reports, all claimed they had no knowledge about the marijuana in the SUV.

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"Hernandez told detectives she left the home she was living at in Phoenix and was headed to Harrah's casino. She claimed she saw a male subject standing by the side of Highway 347 attempting to wave her down. She stopped and the next thing she knew the male subject and all of the others got into her vehicle," stated Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. "Hernandez said she usually stops and helps people when they are stranded. The males offered her $300 in cash to take them to Phoenix. She knew what she was doing was wrong. She also claimed no knowledge to the marijuana inside of her vehicle."

Both bundles weighed more than 45 pounds and were estimated to be worth $34,125.  According to PCSO Hernandez was booked into the Pinal County Jail for possession of Marijuana, transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.  She was released on October 21 from the Pinal County Jail by a judge, on her own recognize but was later turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.

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