Mesa Del Couple Arrested For Drugs

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Two people were arrested in Mesa del Caballo Friday following a search warrant that was served on their residence by the Payson Police Department's special response team.

Damon Grey Ramey, 35, and Julie Louise Altstatt, 26, were arrested and charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and misconduct involving weapons.

The police department's criminal investigation unit, according to Lt. Don Engler, developed information which led them to believe illegal drugs were being used and sold out of the Caballero Road residence, where three young children also lived.

"Many of those drugs were coming into Payson," Engler said, adding that the residence had a large amount of "stop and go" traffic.

Investigators seized a usable quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, as well as firearms from the home.

Ramey and Altstatt were released from jail to a responsible person.

Drugs on Chateau

Payson Police arrested Shannon Dawn Shiflett, 41, and Shannon Mathis Black, 28, Dec. 29 on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrests followed a search by the Gila County Probation department at a residence on East Chateau. The police department assisted probation in the warrant.

A usable quantity of methamphetamine and marijuana was found in the residence.

Black remains in custody on a probation violation hold. Shiflett was released following a promise to appear.

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