Faulty Headlights Lead To Drug Arrests

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Three men from New Mexico were collared early Sunday morning on drug charges after officers stopped their vehicle for nonworking headlights.

Martin Beltran, 20, of Las Cruces, N.M., was arrested for aggravated DUI, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, involving a minor in a drug offense. Javier Orozco, 21, of Vado, N.M., was arrested with possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, involving a minor in a drug offense. A male juvenile, 16, of Las Cruces, N.M., was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale.

"Sgt. Donnie Garvin made the initial stop because the vehicle did not have two working headlights," said Commander Don Engler of the Payson Police Department

Engler said a search of the vehicle, with the permission of the driver, yielded 4 ounces of methamphetamine.

The stop occurred between the Tonto National Forest Ranger Station and Tyler Parkway at about 12:50 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 21, Engler said.

Three days earlier, on Aug. 17, two other people were arrested on drug charges after tribal officers pulled their vehicle over to investigate an equipment violation.

Tonto Apache Tribal Police Department Officer Carlos Garcia stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation in the casino parking lot, and apprehended two suspects on drug charges.

Garcia, assisted by fellow officer Roscoe Dabney, found a large quantity of marijuana, a small amount of heroin, syringes and other drug paraphernalia. Information regarding the equipment violation leading to the stop and the amount of marijuana was not available at press time, as officers were still working on reports for the incident, according to Engler.

John Plott and Melissa Plott, both of Payson, were arrested for possession/use of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and DUI drugs.

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