Traffic offense leads to drug charges

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – With a lack of public transportation in the area, the automobile is the main source for people to use in their daily lives and a fair number of those drivers are driving illegally.

Brandon Woods, 39, was northbound on Central Avenue on Monday, July 10, when he allegedly failed to make a complete stop at the intersection with Bonita Street. The intersection is marked with a stop sign.

During the police contact, Woods acknowledged that his driver’s license was suspended and a search of his person yielded a hand-sized portion of aluminum foil, which is commonly used to ingest drugs.

A tow inventory of the vehicle was performed, and the officer located a small silver container that held .2 of a gram of heroin and a small amount of marijuana.

Woods advised the contraband was his and that he was using his mother’s car to travel to work. His mother subsequently arrived at the scene and the car was released to her instead of being towed.

Woods was arrested and fingerprinted at the Safford Police Department but was then released pending charges from the Graham County Attorney’s Office of possession of a narcotic drug and marijuana and driving on a suspended license.