An Arizona couple was arrested March 9 on Interstate 40, and were charged March 14 in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs, child neglect and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to court records, Carlos D. Chavez-Lozano, 26, and Berenice Roman-Navarette, 32, of Mesa, Ariz., were driving a black Dodge Charger on I-40 when stopped by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) trooper at the 298 Mile Marker for incorrectly using a turn signal.
The OHP trooper noted “numerous indicators of criminal activity” during his interview with the driver, Chavez-Lozano, and obtained his permission to search the vehicle.
The trooper reported finding five bundles of methamphetamine, that weighed over five pounds, in the vehicle’s trunk. After the couple were arrested two smaller plastic packages of crystal methamphetamine were found in Roman-Navarette’s purse along with three bundles of money that totaled $2,600.
The report also notes that three juveniles were in the vehicle.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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