The Sierra Vista Police Department arrested a local woman for the possession and transportation of methamphetamine for sale on Tuesday, April 30, after conducting a traffic stop south of Huachuca City.
The vehicle’s driver, a local man, was also arrested for possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
SVPD Special Operations Bureau detectives recently received information that 34-year-old Sierra Vista resident Amber Ayala was selling large quantities of drugs in the Sierra Vista area. SVPD detectives were able to confirm the information and discovered that Ayala was traveling back to Sierra Vista from the Tucson area on Tuesday, April 30.
Agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted in the investigation. HSI agents located the vehicle used by Ayala and surveillance was established on the vehicle. Multiple units with HSI and SVPD conducted surveillance on Tuesday, April 30, and a traffic stop was made on the vehicle as it traveled southbound between Sierra Vista and Huachuca City. Ayala and the driver of the vehicle, 36-year-old Sierra Vista resident Adam Moreno, were both arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at about 4:32 p.m.
The SVPD deployed a K-9 unit during the course of the traffic stop and a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed methamphetamine and evidence of methamphetamine for sale. Investigators located 2.96 grams of methamphetamine and 1.32 pounds of liquid methamphetamine. The investigation revealed that Ayala, who was a passenger in the vehicle, attempted to conceal a large amount of methamphetamine in a liquid container during the course of the traffic stop.
Ayala was booked into the Cochise County Jail for possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, tampering with evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moreno was booked into Cochise County Jail for possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.