Armando Lopez Morales
Armando Lopez Morales, 44, was stopped shortly after 3:30p.m. by Bisbee Police Department for speeding.
According to Sgt. Teron Maddux, Morales was headed west bound on Highway 80, alone when he was pulled over for speeding.
The initial search of the vehicle resulted in finding 153 bundles of marijuana.
During a non-related training by Customs and Border Protection from the Naco Port of Entry, a working a dog found an additional 33.1 pounds of marijuana in a make shift compartment underneath Morales’ vehicle.
According to Maddux the total amount of marijuana seized from the vehicle weighed approximately 260 pounds, valued at $130,000.
Morales, a detention officer with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with transportation of marijuana and possession to sell of marijuana; both class two felonies.
He was booked at Cochise County Jail, and release on Aug 16 on a $40,000 bond.
According to Carol Capas, spokeswoman for CCSO, Morales resigned from his position from the department this Aug. 16.