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On Oct. 29, an Apache Junction Police Department officer assigned to the traffic unit conducted a traffic stop near Old West Highway and Idaho Road on a black Kia Sorrento suspected of driving under the influence (DUI). As a result of the officer’s investigation the driver, Rodolfo Flores Sepeda, 27, was arrested for DUI. After the arrest and during the processing of the vehicle for towing, officers discovered just over 30 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle.
Sepeda was booked into the Pinal County detention center on DUI, one count of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, one count of transporting dangerous drugs, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of dangerous drugs.
This is but one recent incident that shows enhanced traffic enforcement creates a safer environment for our community. The department been awarded a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety enhancing traffic safety. With these additional resources residents should expect to see more officers on the street and increased traffic and DUI enforcement throughout the remainder of the year.
Police officers will be out in full force this holiday season and if you are in Apache Junction committing a crime you will be more likely to be encountered by an officer. As one would suspect these interactions often lead to other criminal charges, similar to the aforementioned arrest.
Officers are not just looking for traffic violations, they are well trained professionals very motivated to seek out other criminal activities such as drug interdiction, illegal weapons, stolen autos, warrants and more. This increased activity increases our visibility on the road, slows down drivers and decreases the number of speed- and DUI-related collisions.
All suspects are considered innocent until proven otherwise in a court of law.