CASA GRANDE — Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies snatched $1.8 million in methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl pills during a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Casa Grande last week, authorities said.

According to PCSO, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 1 a K-9 deputy stopped a vehicle traveling west on I-10 near milepost 196.

The deputy found the driver, Rogelio Bustamante, 45, had a warrant out of Nogales and was driving on a suspended license. Deputies found inconsistencies in Bustamante’s story and searched the vehicle.

During the search, deputies discovered dozens of drug bundles stashed throughout the SUV Bustamante was driving including: 124.8 pounds of heroin, 103.7 pounds of methamphetamine and 166 packages containing 54,840 fentanyl pills.

“These drugs represent a clear and continuing battle against the cartels and against drug addiction,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “Without a doubt, lives were saved by stopping these drugs from being scattered across our communities.”

The stop was part of Operation Stonegarden, a partnership between the PCSO and U.S. Boarder Patrol.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at

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