MARICOPA — A driver and passenger were both arrested after a traffic stop on Wednesday, when police allegedly found large amounts of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.
Elliot Vanderslice had already exited his vehicle in the Walmart parking lot when Maricopa police made contact with him early Wednesday morning. Vanderslice provided his driver’s license and police found him to have an outstanding warrant from the Ak-Chin Indian Community. He was arrested.
His passenger, Tina Salinas, also had an outstanding warrant from Casa Grande. She was also arrested.
Upon the search of Salinas’ purse, police found a small, useable quantity of marijuana. She admitted the purse belonged to her and was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Vanderslice’s vehicle was inventoried and, while searching it, officers reportedly found large amounts of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia — 26.6 grams of methamphetamine, 4.1 grams of heroin and a vape pen filled with marijuana oil were recovered from the vehicle. Police also found a lock box with a metal spoon, cotton swabs, empty syringes and loaded syringes with heroin inside.
The amount of drugs indicated Vanderslice had the intention to sell, and he was charged with possession of drugs for sale, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.