Suspected Meth Dealer Arrested


Payson police officers raided the home of a man they say was manufacturing methamphetamine Thursday evening.

More than 40 grams of the drug, along with chemicals and equipment used to make meth, were found in the home of 46-year-old George Williams.

"This all started with a probation search at 11:30 a.m. at William's home on Rim View Road," Payson Police Lt. Don Engler said. "We were called to assist when the Gila County Probation Officer observed drug paraphernalia and that sort of thing."

Police obtained a search warrant for the home later in the evening.

"We found roughly an ounce and a half of methamphetamine," Engler said. "We also found a considerable amount of glassware and chemicals which led us to believe that he was actually manufacturing the drug."

Engler said Williams was sharing the home with his parents, but they were in no way involved with his activities.

"He was arrested for the initial probation violation and we charged him with possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of equipment and chemicals to manufacture dangerous drugs," Engler said.

Chemicals used in the production of meth are considered extremely hazardous, but Engler said they were stored when officers entered the home.

"In this case, the chemicals were sealed," Engler said. "Det. (Jason) Hazelo is a clandestine lab certified officer. He reviews and ensures that we are meeting the safety standards that are required."

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