Task Force Arrests Man With Meth


Agents from the Gila County Narcotics Task force arrested Howard Vail, 51, Friday following a search warrant for drugs at his residence in the 700 block of E. Granite Dells.

The warrant was the second served on Vail within a week. Agents served the first warrant Nov. 2, seizing drug paraphernalia.

Agents continued to work on the case and developed additional information which led to the Nov. 9 warrant.

Agents seized about one-half ounce of methamphetamine packaged for sale. They also seized cash and materials commonly used to package dangerous drugs.

Agents also arrested George Williams, 44, of Payson on charges of use of dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Williams and Vail live at the same two-story house, however, they each occupy and rent separately. Williams, who is on probation, was arrested following a search of his living area by the Gila County Probation Department.

Vail was previously arrested during a raid in June, 1998, while living at a residence on South Mud Springs. At that time, he was charged with the possession of approximately one ounce of methamphetamine for sale as well as related drug paraphernalia.

In February 1999 Vail was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana and driving a motor vehicle while suspended.

One month later, he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Vail was booked into the Gila County jail in Payson Friday on charges of possession of dangerous drug for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Vail posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail.

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