Payson Police Arrest 3 On Drug Charges

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Three Payson residents are behind bars, following the search of their Star Valley home by special enforcement officers from the Payson Police Department.

Assisted by Gila County Sheriff's deputies, the Payson officers searched the house at 2 p.m., Sunday, and arrested James R. Salmon, 35, Lisa M. Salmon, 35 and Jonathan Runyon, 20.

"Both male subjects tried to run out the front door, but were met by SRT members," Payson officer Doug Johnson said.

Johnson said the Salmons have been on a list of suspects since last fall, when his unit learned they were using illegal drugs and associated with what Johnson termed as a "major" dealer.

"During the last several weeks, we developed information that they were using marijuana," Johnson said. "We eventually obtained enough information to obtain a search warrant."

A search of the residence turned up enough marijuana and methamphetamine for charges of possession for sale. Officers located a bank bag with James Salmon's name on it. Inside the bag they found individually-packaged bags of marijuana, several hundred dollars in cash and measuring scales.

Both Salmons were charged with possession of marijuana for sale, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Runyon was charged with possession of a dangerous drug for sale after officers located methamphetamine and plastic bags used for packaging along with scales. Runyon also was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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