Traffic Stop Nets Thousands Of Fentanyl Pills, Marijuana

An Ohio woman, Crystal Briley, is in custody after a routine traffic stop resulted in the discovery of a massive amount of drugs by a Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy.

On December 1, 2020, around 5:15AM, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputy conducted a traffic stop on the 39-year-old Briley, who was driving north I17 just north of Cordes Junction, Arizona. According to the deputy, Briley was observed speeding and failing to maintain the lane of travel.

While speaking with Briley, the deputy immediately smelled the overwhelming odor of fresh marijuana. Briley was extremely nervous during the interaction and deceptive when answering questions. Based on the odor and Briley’s behavior, the deputy believed she was involved in some type of illicit drug activity. She denied there were any illegal drugs in the truck except for a small amount of marijuana in her purse. The deputy asked for her consent to search the truck which she denied.

As a result, the deputy requested a K9 unit to the scene to conduct a ‘free air’ exterior sniff around the truck. A Department of Public Safety trooper and his K9 arrived and during a walk around the vehicle, the K9 alerted to odor of illicit drugs. A search of the truck was conducted, and the following items were seized; more than 280 pounds of marijuana, 4 pounds of cocaine and approximately 8000 fentanyl pills. Briley denied the items were hers.

Briley was arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including Possession and Transportation of Marijuana for Sale, and Possession of a Narcotic Drug and Narcotic Drug for Sale. Bond is set at $500,000.

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