Star Valley Resident Charged With Selling Meth


Howard Vail, 52, was arrested by the Payson Police Department following a search of his home in Star Valley Wednesday, April 10 at 2 p.m.

Vail was taken into custody by the police methamphetamine enforcement team, on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lt. Don Engler said officers located about three-quarters of an ounce of the dangerous drug as well as scales and packaging material in Vail's single-wide mobile home on Highway 260.

"We have been investigating this subject for approximately two months," Engler said. "It was part of our continued enforcement, as he was a former Payson resident who moved out of the town limits to set up an operation in Star Valley. The drugs were coming into Payson on a regular basis."

Wednesday's arrest is Vail's fifth in Payson over a four-year period.

In June 1998, Vail was taken into custody on charges of possessing about one ounce of meth and drug paraphernalia.

In February 1999, Vail was arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and marijuana. One month later, he was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The Gila County Narcotics Task Force searched his home on Granite Dells Road in November 2001. During the search, task force agents seized about one-half ounce of meth, packaged for sale, along with related drug paraphernalia.

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