Window tint that was too dark, K9 help stop drug smuggling attempt

Window tint that was too dark, K9 help stop drug smuggling attempt
Araceli Gonzalez (left) Danett Ruiz (right) (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Drugs found in vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Drugs found in vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Drugs found in vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Drugs found in vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Cash found in vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
Cash found in vehicle (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

FLORENCE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - What would have been just a warning for window tint that was too dark, turned into a drug bust, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

The incident began on Friday, June 1, when a K9 deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 10 around 7 p.m. According to the deputy he noticed the 2015 Chrysler with extremely dark tinted windows, he pulled the car over.

There were only two people in the vehicle, the driver 29-year-old Araceli Gonzalez from Tucson and the passenger 28-year-old Danett Ruiz from Nogales.

According to PCSO the deputy noticed several inconsistencies with the stop and conducted a search of the vehicle. More than two pounds of heroin were discovered in a pink bubble wrap mailing package, under the passenger compartment.  Also found inside the vehicle was more than $6,000 in cash.

"Our deputy was just going to write the driver a warning for the window tint violation, but thanks to his training, he was able to prevent Heroin from making it further into our state and our community," said Sheriff Mark Lamb, in the release. "This is just another example of cartel taking advantage of the opioid epidemic, and we need to not only cut the supply, but help end the demand."

Gonzalez and Ruiz were both placed under arrest and transported to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office Adult Detention Center in Florence, AZ where they were booked in for possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale, and transportation of narcotics for sale.

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