A man and woman from Arizona face drug-related charges in Sequoyah County District Court in Sallisaw after a traffic stop on Interstate 40 on June 15 when a deputy confiscated a bundle of marijuana that weighed over 25 pounds.
Alejandro Espinosa, 26, of Chandler, Ariz., was charged June 20 with trafficking in illegal drugs, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Espinosa pleaded not guilty to the charges on June 22, and was released on a $25,000 bond on June 21.
Rosario Mayte Vega, 29, of Phoenix, Ariz., was charged June 20 with trafficking in illegal drugs and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Vega also pleaded not guilty to the charges and her bond was also set at $25,000, but court records indicate she is still in the Sequoyah County Detention Center.
Both cases are on Associate District Judge Kyle Waters felony disposition docket on Aug. 30.
According to the information filed with the charges, the two suspects were traveling on June 15 on Interstate 40 at 78 miles per hour when stopped by a sheriff’s deputy near the 300 mile marker. Espinosa was driving and Vega was a passenger in the car.
Espinosa told the deputy they were driving to Georgia to visit friends and relatives, but when asked, he said he did not know the name of his passenger, Vega. The deputy’s K9 then was sent around the vehicle and alerted near the driver’s door.
The deputy asked Vega if there was anything in the vehicle and she pointed to a green leafy substance. During a search of the vehicle the deputy found a pistol, loaded with 15 rounds, in the center console and a large bundle of what appeared to be marijuana in the car’s trunk. The bundle weighed in excess of 25 pounds, he reported.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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