Traffic stop leads to large meth and fentanyl bust

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: William Kindred, 44, was booked into jail on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug for sale, transportation of a narcotic drug for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nearly 3 ounces of meth and more than 1,200 fentanyl pills seized

By Jon Johnson

jonjohnsonnews@gmail.com

SAFFORD – A Safford Police traffic stop for a license plate infraction led to the seizure of nearly 3 ounces of methamphetamine and 1,259 fentanyl pills.

According to a press release from the Safford Police Department, an officer was on patrol at about 2:42 a.m. on April 3 when he noticed a white, Chevrolet Aveo that had a license plate violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of U.S. Highway 70 and observed drug paraphernalia in plain sight.  

The occupants of the vehicle, William Kindred, 41, and Zachariah Smith, both of Tucson, were interviewed and ultimately arrested on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, transportation of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a narcotic drug for sale, transportation of a narcotic drug for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Kindred was booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility. 

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