Officers Raid Home, Bust Four Suspects

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Four people were arrested Friday night in the 1000 block of West Saddle Lane on charges of drug possession, drug paraphernalia and use of dangerous drugs.

Police Commander Don Engler said that police believed marijuana and methamphetamine were being sold out of the home, but did not find a large enough quantity to charge any of the suspects with intent to sell.

Information from anonymous sources and reports from residents about heavy traffic in and out of the home led officers to consider the possibility of drug sales, Engler said.

"The citizens in the area where a big part of (obtaining) the search warrant," he said. "We can't thank the citizens in the area enough. That sure helps."

Engler said police also found drug paraphernalia, mainly methamphetamine pipes, and a small quantity of marijuana.

According to Engler the suspects were cooperative during the arrests.

Only one officer suffered injuries after breaking a plate-glass door to get past barricaded doors and into the residence, Engler said.

Suspects arrested in the raid include:

  • Jeannie Marie Price, 37, of Payson; charged with possession of marijuana, possession and use of a dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Kristy Lootans, 27, of Payson; charged with possession and use of dangerous drugs.
  • Gerry Randal White, 52, of Payson; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of drugs, possession and use or marijuana and possession and use of dangerous drugs.
  • Robert Wade Caruso, 35, of Peoria; charged with two counts of misconduct with a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Caruso, a previously convicted felon, could face additional charges for being in possession of the handgun.

All suspects were booked into Gila County Jail. Price and White were later released on their own recognizance and Lootans was released to her parents without bond. Caruso has been transferred to Globe and his bond is set at $10,000.

Residents are encouraged to report suspected drug activity in their neighborhood by calling the Payson Police narcotics division, (928) 474-5242 ext. 261.

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