Two Busts Net More Than 40 Grams Of Meth


The Payson Police Department netted about $5,000 worth of methamphetamine and arrested 11 people in the course of two different raids Tuesday.

A late night sweep of two mobile homes in an East Frontier Street trailer park led to the arrest of eight individuals, the recovery of numerous items of paraphernalia and 31 grams of meth.


A surprise entry by police kept this bag of meth from being flushed down a toilet at a residence on East Frontier Street. About 31 grams of meth were recovered during the late night operation.

"We had enough information to obtain a search warrant on two residences," Engler said.

Several officers, including the department's Special Response Team, were called in to serve the search warrant.

"We did simultaneous entries," Payson Police Sgt. Rod Mamero said. "We didn't want to make entry into one house and then tip off the other that we were coming -- we hit both places at the same time. We got everybody secured, nobody got injured, and we executed the warrants and were pretty successful."

Shannon Chambers, 26, James Krause, 29, Michael Childers, 43, Christian Wrathall, 19, Denise Loucks, 39, Charmaine Perry, 24, and Tia Nottingham, 21, were all booked into the county jail on various drug charges. Verna Romines, 42, also there, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Earlier that day ...

The first arrests were made at the around 9 a.m. at a local motel, where police, along with Gila County probation, were looking for 19-year-old John Ferraro.

"We knew there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest so we went down and tried to determine which room he was in," Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said.

Police knocked on the door where Donna Simon, 40, and David Bolton, 41, were staying. The two claimed they did not know Ferraro's whereabouts.

"They provided protection for him and allowed him to jump out the window of the motel room and run from officers," Engler said. "We had other officers in the area and quickly apprehended him."

Police caught up with Ferraro on Phoenix street.

"We continued the investigation and ended up arresting (Simon and Bolton) for hindering prosecution," Engler said. "They were harboring a felon. They wouldn't allow us in the room and allowed (Ferraro) to escape through the window."

When officers searched the room Ferraro had been staying in, they found the drugs.

"We found approximately 11 grams of methamphetamine, a considerable amount of money which appears to be the proceeds of drug sales and drug paraphernalia," Engler said. "And we found some marijuana."

According to Engler, Ferraro was on probation due to previous brushes with the law. All three were booked into the Gila County jail.

"They all cluster at the same time," Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner said. "I don't know why, but this is the biggest time of year."

"We got around 31 grams of methamphetamine,"Engler said. "Altogether, we got around 42 grams of methamphetamine off the streets. It was a pretty good day."

Bond amounts

Motel arrests

John Ferraro - remains in custody in lieu of a $5,000 bond.

Donna Simon - released on her own recognizance

David Bolton - remains in custody in lieu of a $2,700 bond.

Frontier Street arrests

James Krause - remains in custody in lieu of a $3,500 bond.

Michael Childers - remains in custody in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

Christian Wrathall - remains in custody in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

Denise Loucks - remains in custody in lieu of a $2,500 bond.

Charmaine Perry - bonded out, bond amount was $1,570.

Tia Nottingham - remains in custody in lieu of a $1,500 bond.

Shannon Chambers - remains in custody in lieu of a $3,500 bond.

Verna Romines - was released on her own recognizance

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