A 19-year-old Lake Havasu City man was arrested Friday evening on multiple felony drug charges after he was stopped by Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies.
According to a report from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were on patrol in Havasu when they saw a vehicle stop at the intersection of Maricopa Avenue and Acoma Boulevard. One of the vehicle’s brake lights was not functioning, the report said, prompting deputies to stop the vehicle and contact its driver, identified as Aaron J. De La Cruz.
Deputies say the odor of marijuana was instantly recognizable within the vehicle as De La Cruz rolled down his window. Deputies told De La Cruz to exit his vehicle, and asked if any illegal items were inside. De La Cruz allegedly handed deputies an expired medical marijuana card and a THC vape pen. Deputies allegedly discovered that was the least of the contraband in De La Cruz’s possession.
Deputies searched his vehicle at the scene, according to the report, and found 20 individually packaged THC vape cartridges, 97 grams of marijuana, plastic bags and a digital scale. De La Cruz allegedly told deputies the items were for his personal use.
De La Cruz was arrested at the scene on charges of transporting marijuana and narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. As of Tuesday, De La Cruz remained in custody at Mohave County Jail without bond.