A weekend drug bust that led police to the Tonto Apache reservation, back to town, and back out to the reservation, yielded more than five grams of methamphetamine and resulted in the arrest of three individuals.
"That (5.5 grams) is a considerable amount for this area," Lt. Don Engler said.
The incident began with a call from the reservation at 3:25 p.m. Saturday about a possible drug overdose.
"The original call was about a woman under the influence and in a possible overdose state," Engler said. "(Police) and the fire department responded and determined that she was under the influence of what we believed was methamphetamine."
According to Engler, the subject of the call has not been formally charged yet.
Police then traced the use of the drugs back to the residence of Timothy Hayes, 28, and Arlin Carlton, 36, of the 100 block of West Phoenix Street.
Hayes was arrested on charges of being a prohibited possessor of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Carlton was arrested for possession of paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant.
According to Engler, the main player in this was 32-year-old Ilene Horbatiuck, who had also been at the Phoenix Street residence but lived on the reservation.
"In continuing the investigation, police determined that the bulk of the drugs were back on the reservation at the Horbatiuck residence," Engler said. "We proceeded to conduct a search where we located approximately 5.5 grams of methamphetamine."
Engler said police also recovered drug paraphernalia and scales that would indicate that drug transactions were taking place.
Horbatiuck was arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of paraphernalia, trafficking in the use of dangerous drugs on the reservation and possession of paraphernalia on the reservation.
"When there are a mixture of charges between the tribal and state courts, we separate out the different charges and where they occurred and then we will charge each end of the proper jurisdiction with the probable cause that we have for that charge," Engler said.
Although the reservation is currently organizing an independent police department, they are not up and running yet, Engler said.
"The Payson police are still the primary law enforcement agency on the reservation," Engler said. "We hold the contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.