A man was arrested Friday transporting nearly 180 pounds of marijuana in a truck with his 5-year-old son, officials said.
Richard Arrington, 27, was driving a truck when police pulled him over on Interstate 40 near Ash Fork for a moving violation, said Sheriff Scott Mascher, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
During a conversation with Arrington, the officer smelled marijuana coming from the truck, Mascher said.
When the officer asked Arrington about the smell, Arrington denied having drugs with him and said the odor was from a marijuana cigarette he smoked the previous night, Mascher said.
Once Arrington realized the truck would be searched to find the odor’s source, Arrington admitted to transporting about 120 pounds of marijuana, Mascher said.
Officers found five duffel bags with packaged marijuana weighing 178 pounds. Nearly $2,000 in cash was also found along with cellphones and marijuana stored in a jar in the center console, Mascher said.
Some of the marijuana was stored next to Arrington’s son, Mascher said.
Arrington’s son was released to the Department of Child Safety’s custody pending contact with his mother, Mascher said.
Arrington was booked on charges of transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child abuse. He was released late Monday after posting a $100,000 bond, police said.
By: Nathan J. Fish, AZ Central