Distraction Devices Rattle Neighbors In Drug Arrest

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What sounded like two explosions to neighbors Tuesday night were actually distraction devices used in the execution of a search warrant.

Members of the Payson Police Department's Special Response Team used the distraction devices when executing a search warrant at a house on Mazatzal Circle around 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 14.

The distraction devices create sound and light and are used as a tool for entry in cases where guns are suspected, Lt. Don Engler said.

The search led to the arrests of Susan Elaine Wicks, who also uses the alias Susan Packer, 45, and Christopher Lee Norton, 28, both of Payson, Sgt. Tom Tieman said.

Wicks was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana for sale, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Norton was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Engler said.

He said the dangerous drugs were methamphetamines.

The search of the Mazatzal Circle residence was the culmination of a five-month investigation, Engler said.

"It takes time to get the information needed to get a search warrant," he said.

Wicks and Norton were arraigned May 15 and a $2,000 bond was set for each of them.

Gila County Attorney Daisy Gilker said her office is moving forward with the charges.

A preliminary hearing for both is scheduled for 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, a court spokesperson said.

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