Payson police seized methamphetamine and marijuana that was packaged for sale when they served a search warrant on the residence occupied by Sylvia Vasquez, 36, at Mountain Shadows RV Park.
Special enforcement officer Doug Johnson said police had developed information leading them to believe Vasquez and her boyfriend, Roque Acosta, 36, were in possession of and selling methamphetamine.
The department's special response team served the warrant at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and arrested Vasquez after they located 14 tiny bindle bags containing 1/2 gram each of meth and 42 plastic bags containing about 1/4 ounce of marijuana each. The street value in Payson for the meth was more than $1,100. The marijuana had an estimated street re-sale value of $1,260. Police also seized packaging material, scales and drug paraphernalia commonly used to ingest methamphetamine and marijuana.
Vasquez, who police say is not employed, also had $945 in her possession.
Hours before the search warrant was served, Acosta was arrested by a patrolman from the Department of Public Safety following a traffic stop in Apache Junction. Acosta was charged with possession of a narcotic drug (cocaine) for sale.
"Cocaine use and sale is on the rise again in Payson," Johnson said. "We don't know yet what quantity he had with him, but we believe he was bringing it back to Payson."
Johnson said Acosta will also be looking at drug charges based on what was found in his residence at Mountain Shadows.
James J. Krysik, 36, of Payson was arrested on separate drug charges as he was visiting Vasquez when police arrived.
Krysik was charged with use of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also had two outstanding warrants, one for a prior drug arrest and obstructing justice.
Vasquez was released from jail Wednesday, March 13 because the Gila County Attorney's office failed to file a formal complaint against her within the required 48 hours.