Yavapai County Woman Caught With Heroin, Meth By K9

Amanda McMurren, age 38, from Phoenix, us in custody after a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office drug sniffing dog alerted to meth and heroin in her car. According to authorities, McMurren was known to deliver quantities of methamphetamine to the Prescott/Prescott Valley communities.

On November 28, 2018, around 8:15 p.m., McMurren’s vehicle was spotted by deputies travelling west on Highway 69 in the Mayer area. It was eventually stopped for a registration violation and McMurren was the driver and only occupant. At one point, the deputy noted the vehicle positioned itself prior to the stop as if ready to flee.

Deputies asked McMurren for consent to search the vehicle and she declined. A certified Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) K9 was deployed and alerted to a drug odor coming from the vehicle.

When McMurren was told the vehicle would be searched, she demanded legal counsel and remained uncooperative throughout the interaction.

During a check of the vehicle to find the source of the odor, deputies found a glass methamphetamine ‘bong.’ The vehicle also contained a couple of dogs which had to be managed and a further roadside search was deemed unsafe due to traffic conditions, so deputies chose to transport McMurren’s vehicle to the YCSO evidence facility in Prescott Valley. PANT detectives arrived to assist and as they continued the search, found a plastic bag containing ½ a gram of meth and almost 3 grams of heroin under the driver’s seat. Further examination of the vehicle interior revealed a pound of meth secreted in a compartment under the front passenger seat. This meth has an estimated street value of $9000.

McMurren was arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of a Dangerous Drug for Sale, Transportation of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of Narcotic Drug, Transportation of Narcotic Drug and Possession of Narcotic Drug for Sale. She remains in-custody and is held without bond.