Phoenix woman sentenced to nearly decade in prison for possessing, transporting narcotic drugs

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A Phoenix woman has been sentenced to nearly a decade in prison for possessing and transporting narcotic drugs.

On February 6th, 2023, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Dora Quiroz-Leyva, 48, to 9.25 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections.

A jury found Quiroz-Leyva guilty of Possession of a Narcotic Drug for Sale, a Class Two Felony; Transportation of a Narcotic Drug for Sale, a Class Two Felony; and Possession of Dangerous Drugs, a Class Four Felony.

In 2019, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop along Interstate-10 in the Eloy area. Quiroz-Leyva was identified as the driver of the vehicle, which was pulled over for going 10 miles under the speed limit in the number 1 lane. According to court documents, Quiroz-Leyva appeared nervous and her travel plans were not making sense, so the deputy requested permission to search the vehicle. While doing so, investigators located methamphetamine as well as approximately 2500 fentanyl pills.