AZDPS Makes Largest Single Meth Seizure

Maurius Montez Mason | Julie Jeannie Mason [Photo courtesy AZDPS]

Mohave County — The Arizona Department of Public Safety announced today the largest, single meth seizure in the organization’s history. The seizure was made after a routine traffic stop.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper stopped a vehicle on Interstate 15 just south of Littlefield on Friday, January 24, 2020. According to AZDPS, during the course of the stop, the trooper requested a Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputy to assist.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found 362 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $4.1 million.

The vehicle driver, Julie Jeannie Mason of Burlington, Iowa, age 52, and her husband, Maurius Montez Mason of Peoria, Illinois, age 38, were arrested and booked into Mesquite, Nevada Police Detention. The duo was charged with possession of a dangerous drug and transportation of a dangerous drug.

Earlier the same day in Pinal County, a trooper working in the Casa Grande area stopped a vehicle on Interstate 10 near McCartney Rd. A search of the vehicle revealed 88 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $998,000.

The driver, 26-year-old Roxana Juarez, and her passenger, Jesus Valenzuela, age 22, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, were arrested for possession of a dangerous drug. The suspects were booked into the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Jail in Florence.

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