Drug Peddlers Busted In Star Valley

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Two men were arrested after Gila County Drug Task Force agents investigated possible drug activity in Star Valley, deputies said.

Cary Allan, 41, a Valley resident, and James Lee, 41, of Payson were cuffed in separate incidents and booked into Gila County jail.

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A Gila County Drug Task Force agent inventories the drugs, paraphernalia and money that were taken in the arrest of two men in Star Valley. The contraband will be used as evidence in the prosecution of the two men.

Allan was charged March 10 for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lee was charged March 14 with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Lee remains in custody on $10,000 bond. Allan was released after posting a $500 bail.

Two local task force agents apprehended Allan after they went to Star Valley to investigate information they had received about ongoing drug activity.

After arriving, the agents asked two suspects for permission to search the home, but the request was denied.

While questioning the two men, Allan showed up on the scene, the agents said.

Seeing the officers there, Allan hastily drove away.

The agents had some previous contact with Allan and suspected he might be driving with a suspended license.

"We called it in and asked a GCSO deputy to make a traffic stop," one of the arresting agents said.

After the stop was made by the deputy, the agents arrived at the scene to question Allan.

According to the agents, a search of the trunk of the vehicle produced marijuana, prescription pain killers, scales and methamphetamine.

Four days after arresting Allan, the agents returned to the Star Valley home they suspected was a site of drug activity.

After obtaining permission from one of the owners to search the home, the agents found in a bedroom -- where Lee was believed to have stayed --ore than $1,400, mostly $100 bills, 15.4 grams of methamphetamine, scales, a pipe and 21 grams of marijuana.

Because the amount of methamphetamine was more than 9 grams, which is considered a sellable amount, agents were able to add possession of dangerous drugs for sale to the charges against Lee.

In the contraband recovered at the scene, agents found several homemade paraphernalia devices used to ingest meth, including an aluminum can and a prescription bottle.

As the investigations into Lee and Allan continue, there is a possibility of more charges, the agents said.

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