What was reportedly a traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 17 near State Route 179 led to the arrest of three out-of-state men on July 20.
A Yavapai County Sheriff's Office patrol deputy pulled over a red sedan and contacted the driver, 28-year-old Rashon Buchanan from Michigan. Buchanan supplied a Michigan driver's license and a rental agreement for the vehicle. The agreement did not allow out-of-state travel and was issued to a Michigan woman who was not in the car.
While discussing those issues, the deputy later reported, Buchanan became nervous and was shaking. One of the passengers, Allen Burnett, 29, told the deputy he had just moved from California to Mesa and was riding with Buchanan to Michigan to drop off the other passenger, 24-year-old Davonte Conley.
Suspecting drugs or other contraband inside the car, the deputy called for the YCSO K9 to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle. The dog alerted, leading to a search of the trunk. That search allegedly yielded 6.4 pounds of marijuana in six individually wrapped packages.
All three men were arrested and taken to the Camp Verde Detention Center. Deputies also reported that Buchanan had provided his brother Thomas's driver's license.
Buchanan faces charges of transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of narcotics (Oxycodone tablets), offering an instrument with false information and identity theft. He remains in custody on $6,000 bond. Burnett and Conley were charged with transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of narcotics. Burnett was released on $4,000 bond. Conley remains in custody on $4,000 bond.