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Pinal Co. Traffic Stop Nets 170 Pounds of Pot

If you're transporting a lot of marijuana, you should probably make sure your papers are in order. On Monday, a routine traffic stop near Eloy uncovered meth, pills, and 170 pounds of pot, reports.

It was all because the registered owner of the vehicle didn't have a valid driver's license. Now driver Herman Hawkins and his passenger, Cheryl Lutz, are facing a wide range of drug-related charges, including possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of a dangerous drug.

A Pinal County sheriff's deputy began tailing a white Suzuki sedan after Hawkins allegedly committed a moving violation. After checking the car's registration, the deputy found that the owner of the vehicle didn't have a valid driver's license. So he pulled the car over.

Since Hawkins wasn't the car's owner, the deputy decided to search the vehicle. The search allegedly turned up 11 grams of meth, 11 prescription pills, and six bundles of marijuana weighing 170 pounds total.

According to authorities, Herman Hawkins admitted to knowing the drugs were in the car. Both Hawkins and Lutz were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transporting marijuana, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale and transporting a dangerous drug.

Under Arizona criminal law, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell is a class 4 felony in the state. However, if caught with more than four pounds of pot, it's a class 2 felony and punishable by up to five years in prison.

Possession of a dangerous drug like meth for sale is also a class 2 felony. If Hawkins and Lutz are convicted of any of their possession with the intent to sell charges, they're looking at lengthy prison sentences.

In addition to Herman Hawkins' 170 pounds of pot, police also found $1,300 in his pockets -- payment, perhaps, for his transportation services? According to authorities, Hawkins already had an active arrest warrant from Casa Grande.

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