ELOY — A Texas man was arrested after a Pinal County deputy discovered two suitcases full of vaping cartridges and THC-infused wax during a traffic stop in Eloy.

Alexis Medina Gonzalez, 20, of El Paso, was arrested Feb. 6 by a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a traffic stop along Interstate 10.

According to a probable cause statement written by a PCSO deputy, Gonzalez, was stopped at 10:45 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 10 near Eloy for a moving violation and having an obstructed view.

He was driving a white Hyundai, which was a rental car.

“While completing a written warning for the stop, I engaged in conversation with Alexis (Gonzalez) about his travel plans and found discrepancies in his travels, the rental of the vehicle and where in California he was at. Alexis displayed physical nervousness as well,” the deputy wrote in the report.

Gonzalez gave the deputy permission to search the vehicle and two large suitcases were found in the trunk.

A police dog alerted the deputy to the suitcases.

Gonzalez told the officer that the suitcases only contained his belongings, according to court records.

A written search warrant was obtained and the suitcases were opened.

“Inside the suitcases were multiple packages of THC vape cartridges and a box of Multiple BHO (Butane Hash Oil) Wax. Both are classified as narcotics in Arizona. Subject invoked his rights and did not wish to talk,” the report states.

Gonzalez was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on charges of possession of less than 2 pounds of marijuana, possession of narcotics for sale and transportation of narcotics for sale.

He was released on $25,000 secured bond.

Gonzalez is scheduled to appear Friday in Superior Court.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.