RED ROCK — An 18-year-old Douglas man has been arrested for transporting narcotic drugs for sale after Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers stopped him on Interstate 10 in Pinal County.

Juan D. Samaniego, 18, of Douglas was arrested on suspicion of possession and transportation of narcotic drugs for sale.

On March 22, DPS troopers pulled over Samaniego while he was traveling west on I-10 between Marana and Red Rock. During a search of the vehicle, troopers found 15.5 pounds of cocaine concealed inside the vehicle.

Two minors who were also in the vehicle were released to their parents.

DPS drug stop in Marana

Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers stopped a Douglas man on Interstate 10 who allegedly had 15.5 pounds of cocaine hidden in his vehicle. 


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