ESTIMATED $4.5 MILLION IN DRUGS DISCOVERED BY TROOPERS DURING TRUCK INSPECTIONS IN NORTHERN ARIZONA

Published by The Bee News

September 3, 2019

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AZDPS arrested three suspects after large drug finds during two traffic stops on I-40 near Holbrook
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
– For Immediate Release –

Navajo County, Arizona — On August 11, 2019, troopers seized over $4.5 million worth of drugs and arrested two commercial truck drivers and a passenger during two vehicle inspections near the city of Holbrook on Interstate 40.

The first traffic stop and subsequent commercial vehicle inspection was conducted at 8:22 AM, eastbound along I-40 at milepost 294, eight miles northeast of Holbrook. The trooper conducted a search and discovered 376 lbs. of cocaine, 40 lbs. of methamphetamine, and two firearms. A 2011 Dodge 3500 truck and $4,414 in U.S. currency were also seized.

The driver and passenger, father and son, were arrested and booked into the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Jail for:
•    Possession of dangerous drugs
•    Possession of dangerous drugs for sale
•    Transportation of dangerous drugs for sale
•    Possession of a narcotic drug
•    Possession of a narcotic drug for sale
•    Transportation of a narcotic drug for sale

The suspects are Vincent M. Rowe, age 48, and Vincent M. Rowe Jr., age 19, both of Victorville, California.

The second traffic stop and subsequent commercial vehicle inspection was conducted at 6:37 PM, eastbound along I-40 at milepost 282, four miles west of Holbrook. Following a positive K-9 alert on the vehicle, a search revealed 11.8 lbs. of cocaine.

The suspect/driver, 42-year-old Damiano Oando Rowe of Fontana, California, was arrested and booked into the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Jail for:
•    Possession of a narcotic drug
•    Transportation of a narcotic drug
•    Possession of a narcotic drug for sale

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