Pima County arrest leads to major drug bust, stolen gun

Published 01-18-2019

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County authorities say a traffic stop has led to a major drug bust in a home.

Sheriff's officials said Thursday that 34-year-old Jesus Maria Lopez-Verduzco has been booked into a county jail on five counts including possession of a dangerous drug and transportation for sale.

According to deputies, they stopped Lopez-Verduzco's vehicle on Tuesday afternoon. He was found with nearly $2,000 and individually-wrapped baggies of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Deputies spent two days investigating a home based on information obtained during the traffic stop.

They recovered a stolen handgun, 10,000 fentanyl pills, more than 11 pounds of heroin, nearly 6 pounds of cocaine and around 9 pounds of meth. Everything was worth an estimated value of $400,000.

It was not immediately known if Lopez-Verduzco had an attorney.

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