Payson police officers apprehended a suspected longtime drug dealer during a routine traffic stop late Tuesday night.
"The Payson Police Department has received information from multiple sources that Kevin Thomas Krauss, 29, Payson, was suspected of providing methamphetamine to juvenile girls in Payson and in Pine," said Chief Gordon Gartner.
Krauss was in a vehicle that was pulled over for speeding, but after being stopped by officers, Krauss fled on foot.
Officers set up a perimeter, and with assistance from Tonto Apache police officers, including a canine-assisted officer, apprehended Krauss in a ditch near the area of 600 South Beeline Highway.
Krauss, who was armed with a knife, resisted arrest, but officers were soon able to detain him, Gartner said.
When Krauss fled, a witness told officers that he had a black bag in his arms.
With assistance from Tonto Apache Police Sgt. Carlos Garcia and his police dog, Eko, officers found the black bag hidden in a bush. It contained several ounces of methamphetamine, several plastic bags used for packaging drugs and a scale.
According to Gartner, a detective with the Payson Police Department's Methamphetamine Enforcement Program said the quantity of drugs, along with the packaging materials, enabled them to charge Krauss with sale and transport of dangerous drugs. The detective said that Krauss has been under surveillance for several weeks and has been very active in the Payson area.
According to Payson Police Sgt. John Heflin, Krauss eluded police six weeks ago when he escaped out a window with a knife and a bag of what appeared to be methamphetamine. Officers were unable to track Krauss and apprehend him at that time.
There is also a warrant out of the Department of Corrections against Krauss for a parole violation, Gartner said. He had a previous conviction for drug sales and spent time in jail for that offense.
Krauss was charged with possession and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale and resisting arrest, Gartner said.
The investigation is continuing. Other charges may be pending.
Krauss was booked into the Gila County Jail.