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Chino Valley traffic stop leads to major drug bust of Fentanyl, Meth, Heroin

Posted: 9:35 AM, Sep 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-19 13:10:25-04
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CHINO VALLEY — A traffic stop by Chino Valley police officers led to the arrest of four alleged drug dealers on September 16.

According to a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO), 69-year-old Larry Toomer and 20-year-old Cynthia Salas were arrested on numerous drug charges following a traffic stop at Highway 89 and Old Highway 89 around 2 a.m. on Monday.

During the stop, police discovered "approximately 30 grams of meth, 10 fentanyl pills, 1 ounce of methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia and a handgun," according to officials.

Additionally, officials discovered that Toomer had allegedly transported approximately two ounces of methamphetamine on the 1600 block of Grasshopper Lane in Chino Valley.

"Detectives from Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) were notified and initiated an investigation into the suspect’s activities," the press release noted. "PANT detectives confirmed that Toomer was participating in ongoing drug deliveries and sales tied to the home on Grasshopper Lane."

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home and noted, "due to the extensive and violent histories of those persons identified as likely occupying the home, a high risk tactical operation to enter the home was organized."

YCSO's SWAT team, PANT detectives, Chino Valley police officers and Prescott police officers swarmed the home, taking two additional suspects into custody.

Stephen Moore, 49, and Rebecca Zuniga, 39, were both detained by officials.

According to the press release, Zuniga had outstanding warrants from the Arizona Department of Corrections and the Prescott Valley Police Department.

A search of the Grasshopper Lane home revealed various drugs were in every room of the house, including methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana. Total seizures of items at the Grasshopper Lane home include:

  • 110 grams of methamphetamine
  • 7.22 grams of heroin
  • 10 Fentanyl pills
  • 1 vehicle seized
  • 1 gun seized
  • Over $500 in cash

Detectives also say they discovered "drug paraphernalia, scales, syringes and packaging for drug sales."

All four suspects are being held at the Camp Verde Detention Center on various charges, including but not limited to: possession of a dangerous drug for sale, transportation of a dangerous drug, possession of a narcotic drug for sale, transportation of a narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, use of an electronic communication device in a drug offense and misconduct involving weapons.