Two New Mexico women and a man are facing drug charges after police at a traffic stop in Arizona found them smuggling almost two pounds of heroin on Monday.
Miranda Baldonado and Sarah Valencia, both 19, were riding in a PT Cruiser driven by Michael Torrez, 29, when deputies with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office stopped them because of an equipment malfunction on Interstate 40, according to the media report.
Police thought the suspects “appeared more nervous” than they should have been during a traffic stop.
“They were unable to answer basic questions that a group of passengers sharing a destination would commonly know,” a YCSO spokesman said in a statement.
The suspicious deputies searched the car with a drug-sniffing dog and found 1 pound of heroin wrapped in condoms stashed in a rear hatch. When deputies searched Maldonado and Valencia, they found additional heroin packaged in condoms that the women had concealed inside their vaginas.