Crime/Courts/Emergency Services

Speeding drivers nabbed

Three agencies stopped 106 vehicles during a traffic detail Thursday in Cottonwood. Officers stopped cars from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the area of Verde Drive, Fir Street and Camino Real.

Authorities with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office say most offenses (51) were for speeding, including two for speeds 20 mph greater than the posted speed limit.

Four drivers were unlicensed and two drove with suspended licenses. Drivers were also cited for school zone violations, failure to use seatbelts or child restraints. Two drivers were arrested on a warrant and failure to appear.

Nine officers and volunteers participated from the YCSO and its Volunteers in Protection (VIPs), the Department of Public Safety, and the Arizona Department of Liquor License & Control.

PANT takes drugs off street

The PANT drug enforcement team kept busy during the past week.

Tuesday, two subjects were jailed after a Cottonwood traffic stop. Leonel Munguia Jr., 19, and Jose Angeles-Hernandez, 24, were arrested after a search of their vehicle allegedly turned up 3.1 grams of cocaine and paraphernalia. The narcotics are worth $300, according to PANT.

Wednesday, PANT detectives booked Felipe Carillo Lomeli after his arrest in a Cottonwood apartment complex. Officers say Lomeli had 8.3 grams of methamphetamine hidden on his person. The 38-year-old man also allegedly carried two meth pipes. PANT valued the drugs at $800 on the street. The drug task force says Lomeli has had several prior drug arrests.

Thursday detectives located Jason R. Loftin (aka Buck) living in the Camp Verde area. The 29-year-old subject was wanted on a felony warrant. A search found he was allegedly carrying methamphetamine. When they searched his house, PANT officers reportedly found more meth, illegal psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and numerous narcotic prescription drugs and paraphernalia.

Also at the trailer officers arrested a female subject identified as Tracy Johnson Nedela, 50. Both were booked into the Camp Verde Jail, charged with possession of dangerous and narcotic drugs, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.


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