Authorities seize nearly $5 million worth of illegal drugs; arrest 2 men


Deputies made the drug seizures and arrests at two separate traffic stops on Wednesday.

HOLBROOK, Ariz. — The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office discovered an estimated $3 million worth of methamphetamine during a traffic stop Wednesday — the largest meth seizure in the department’s history, officials said.

Sheriff’s officials said Henry Paxton, 55, was pulled over for multiple traffic violations around 8:25 a.m. on Interstate 40 eastbound near Sun Valley. During the stop, deputies found 124.1 pounds of methamphetamine, 0.8 grams of ecstasy and a firearm.

The seizure was the largest meth seizure in the history of the sheriff’s office, with an estimated value of just under $3 million, officials said.

Alejandro Garcia Gonzalez, 53, was arrested hours later on I-40 in the Winslow area. Upon further investigation, nearly 78,000 fentanyl pills were found. The estimated market value is nearly $2 million, officials said.

Both men were jailed on numerous drug charges. Paxton was also charged with a weapons offence.

The sheriff’s office said the arrests were two separate incidents and not related in any way.

Nearly $5 million worth of illegal drugs were seized in Navajo County Holbrook, AZ: On June 22, 2022, Navajo…

Posted by the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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