Man with warrant hides meth in his rectum when booked into jail

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Christopher Montoya,42, reportedly attempted to hide meth in his rectum when he was booked into the jail on a warrant.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – An early morning traffic stop June 26 ended with a number of drug charges when a man booked on a warrant was found with meth in his rectum during a strip-search at the jail.

Christopher Montoya, 42, was booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, promoting prison contraband, and his warrant.

According to a Safford Police report, an officer was on patrol at about 2:26 a.m. on South Court Street when he observed a tan van with no headlights or taillights illuminated that turned onto Main Street and headed westbound.

During the ensuing traffic stop, both the driver, Amanda Bellamy, 31, and Montoya were found to have valid warrants for their arrest. Bellamy was also driving on a suspended license from a previous DUI and did not have any proof of insurance. Bellamy was given citations for her traffic violations and was booked into the jail on her warrant, while the vehicle was impounded and towed from the scene.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Amanda Bellamy, 31, was booked into the jail on a warrant.

During the intake strip search of Montoya, a detention officer located a piece of blue plastic partially protruding from Montoya’s rectum. After the item was removed, Montoya allegedly admitted it was $25 worth of meth and that he had attempted to hide during the traffic stop.