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ELOY, AZ – A man and woman from Cochise County were arrested near Eloy on Monday after drugs and money were found in their vehicle during a traffic stop.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy stopped the couple along Interstate 10 where a check of the vehicle’s registration showed the owner did not have a valid driver’s license.


Herman Hawkins and Cheryl Lutz

The driver, 54-year-old Herman Hawkins of Pearce, Ariz., was not the registered driver of the vehicle.

His passenger was identified as 45-year-old Cheryl Lutz of Cochise, Ariz.

Both said they were headed to Phoenix.

During a check for outstanding warrants, Hawkins’ name showed he had an active warrant from Casa Grande.

A second deputy arrived and the vehicle was searched. A cigarette box in the center console was found to contain over 11 grams of methamphetamine and 11 prescription pills.

Inside the trunk of the vehicle deputies discovered and seized six bundles of packaged marijuana weighing 170 pounds.

After both were arrested, Hawkins admitted to knowing the drugs were in the car, officials said.

Hawkins and Lutz were arrested and face charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transporting marijuana, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a dangerous drug for sale and transporting a dangerous drug.

In addition, $1,300 in cash was found during a search of Hawkins’ pockets.


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