First responders

Traffic stop leads to Glendale search warrant, drugs, Apache Junction police say

AJPD officer transported to medical center for possible fentanyl exposure

Posted 9/17/21

During a traffic stop of a vehicle Sept. 16 in the 200 block of East Southern Ave., Apache Junction Police Department officers discovered the driver of the vehicle, Sergio Barrios Valle, 38, of …

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe. The five stories do not include our exclusive content written by our journalists.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, digital subscribers will receive unlimited access to YourValley.net, including exclusive content from our newsroom and access to our Daily Independent e-edition.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Sincerely,
Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor
First responders

Traffic stop leads to Glendale search warrant, drugs, Apache Junction police say

AJPD officer transported to medical center for possible fentanyl exposure

Warrants yielded $10,358 in U.S. currency, 410 gross grams of suspected methamphetamine, approximately three pounds of heroin, in excess of 4,500 M30 fentanyl pills and two firearms, police said.
Warrants yielded $10,358 in U.S. currency, 410 gross grams of suspected methamphetamine, approximately three pounds of heroin, in excess of 4,500 M30 fentanyl pills and two firearms, police said.
AJPD
Posted

During a traffic stop of a vehicle Sept. 16 in the 200 block of East Southern Ave., Apache Junction Police Department officers discovered the driver of the vehicle, Sergio Barrios Valle, 38, of Glendale, had no legal driver license and was found to be in possession of possible fentanyl and black tar heroin, police said.

“Detectives working in coordination with the East Valley Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration were able to develop probable cause for further search warrants in two separate locations in Glendale. The results of those warrants yielded $10,358 U.S. currency, 410 gross grams of suspected Methamphetamine, approximately three pounds of heroin, in excess of 4,500 M30 fentanyl pills and two firearms,” Cpl. Marshall Harshman, AJPD’s public information officer, said.

“While processing the evidence at the traffic stop, an AJPD officer was transported to Mountain Vista Medical Center for a possible fentanyl exposure. The officer received several doses of Narcan on his way to the hospital and a drip line by Superstition Fire and Medical District staff. The officer was later released from the hospital and is currently recovering from his ordeal at home,” Harshman said.

Barrios Valle, of Sonora, Mexico, was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Detention Center awaiting his initial appearance hearing. He was initially charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics for sale, leasing a building for the purpose of distributing dangerous drugs, firearms violations and using an electronic communication in drug-related transactions, police said.

Apache Junction Police Department would like to remind the public that all suspects are considered innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law, Harshman said.

Comments