Pinal County Sheriff's Office K-9 deputy catches two smuggling 14 bundles of marijuana

FLORENCE, AZ - A man and woman from Southern Arizona are each facing charges after drugs were found in their vehicle on Thursday.

According to a Pinal County Sheriff's Office report, a deputy traveling west on Interstate 10 pulled over a vehicle for several traffic violations and discovered the trunk was filled with 14 bundles of marijuana worth approximately $272,000.

After stopping the 2001 Dodge Caravan at 5:54 p.m., the K-9 deputy noticed a large sign in the back window of the vehicle attempting to conceal the 340 pounds of marijuana, according to the report.

Both the driver of the vehicle, Thomas Duke of Tucson, and the female passenger, Desiree Romero of Sierra Vista, were very nervous and claimed to not know each other, according to the report.

Duke, 26, and Romero, 28, were taken into custody without incident.

Both were searched prior to and after being transported to the Pinal County Adult Detention Facility.

Officials found a vial of methamphetamine and a pipe in Romero's purse during the first search.

At the jail, the two were searched again although they denied having any drugs on their person.

While being searched, Romero attempted to grab and eat a gram each of marijuana and methamphetamine located in her vaginal area.

However, detention officers were able to get the drugs out of her mouth and keep the evidence intact. 

Duke and Romero were both charged with Possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana according to the report.

Additionally, Romero was charged with possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and promoting prison contraband. 

Duke is currently on parole for forgery, identity theft and other prior criminal offenses, according to PCSO.

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