Safford Police seize nearly 15 pounds of meth

Contributed Photo/Courtesy Safford Police Department: Safford Police, with assistance from other agencies, seized 14.5 pounds of meth off a New Mexico man during a traffic stop on Saturday.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – In one of the largest methamphetamine seizures by the department, Safford Police announced confiscating 14.5 pounds of methamphetamine after a traffic stop on Saturday.

The suspect, identified as Michael Dominguez, 43, of New Mexico, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

According to a press release, officers from Safford and Thatcher Police departments and deputies with the Graham County Sheriff’s Office joined in a multi-agency stop. 

As Dominguez’s vehicle was leaving a local motel, an officer initiated a traffic stop for a moving violation. During the stop, an illegal item was viewed in plain sight, which allowed the officers to more thoroughly search the vehicle, which was registered out of Wisconsin.

During the search of the vehicle, a large amount of methamphetamine was discovered. A warrant was then granted for Dominguez’s motel room, and other items, including Dominguez’s identification, were located during the search of the motel room.