3 Warrants Net 9 On Drug Charges

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The Payson Police drug enforcement unit served three search warrants and arrested nine people on drug-related charges over a 48-hour period last week.

The first of the three warrants was served at an apartment in the 100 block of E. Aero Street at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21.

Police arrested Monica Paredes, 38 who was seven months pregnant and has three minor children on charges of possession of cocaine for sale.

Also arrested was a man police said was Paredes' boyfriend, Javier Conrales-Gonzales, 41. He also was charged with possession of cocaine for sale.

The charges stemmed from the recovery of about eight grams of cocaine which was found in a tool box in the couple's living room.

"We had been receiving a lot of information that if you wanted to buy cocaine, you go to her (Paredes) house," Det. John Huffman said.

Saturday, March 23, the drug unit served its second warrant at a residence in the 900 block of W. Saddle.

Those arrested included Lois Marie Lesch, 47, and Denise Rayline Gern, 42, on charges of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested were Tiffany Rae Villanueva, 22, and Kevin Patrick Gagnon, 45. Both were charged with possession of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of marijuana, use of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers seized about 1/4 ounce of methamphetamine, a usable quantity of marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia officers said was used to ingest, weigh and package illegal substances.

"A lot of (vehicle and foot) traffic was coming and going from this residence," Huffman said. "We began receiving information approximately two months ago that drug trafficking was occurring."

Within hours of the warrant on Saddle, the officers obtained information that drugs were being used and sold out of a room at a local motel.

Police obtained and served a warrant which led to the arrest of Jill M. Labrie, 40, on charges of possession of a dangerous drug for sale, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property.

The stolen property was a Compaq pocket computer valued at $600 that had been taken out of a car, along with several other items that are still missing. The car was parked at the motel on March 18 when the perpetrator(s) smashed the driver's side rear window to steal the items, according to Officer John Heflin who took the report.

Police also arrested two male suspects who were with Labrie. Daniel Ray Bartlett, 43 and Jason J. Adler, 29, were charged with possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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