Law enforcement officers in Arizona recently confiscated nearly $3 million in drugs in a scenario eerily similar to a comedy movie about drug smuggling.
Navajo County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Molesa stopped a motor home on Interstate 40 near Holbrook and reportedly became suspicious when he noticed plywood braces on the floor and signs that the gas tank had been tampered with, according to KSAZ.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 62 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin hidden within the motor home, along with a copy of the Hollywood blockbuster “We’re The Millers” — a comedy about friends who smuggle a large amount of drugs using an RV.
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“Upon searching the vehicle MCAT [Major Crimes Apprehension Team] Detectives and Traffic Enforcement Deputies located numerous large bundles of methamphetamine and one bundle of black tar heroin. The bundles weighed anywhere from 3 to 5 pounds each and were covered with black duct tape,” Susan Baton of the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
The street value of the meth was approximately $2.8 million, while the heroin’s street value was $136,200, according to KSAZ.
Two adults were in the motor home, along with a 10-year-old child. The names of the adults and the child have not been released, but the adults were reportedly taken into custody and the child was taken in by Child Protective Services, according to White Mountain Independent.
Molesa said it was not uncommon for drug smugglers with large loads to have children with them to throw off law enforcement.
The deputy also noted that the drugs likely originated from Mexico — another similarity to the movie that was found among the drugs.
“Without a doubt, Mexico,” the deputy told the White Mountain Independent. “When you consider the amount of drugs involved, it had to be a group with the ability to produce them and significant financial resources.”
While there’s nothing funny about committing crimes — especially in the presence of a child — it’s certainly amusing that these drug perps had a movie about drug smuggling inside the motor home while they were in the act of smuggling drugs.
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