Surveillance, Warrants Lead To Multiple Drug Arrests


Gila County Narcotics Task Force agents have arrested George Hicks, 48, for one count of possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

The arrest was made Jan. 10 after agents served a search warrant on Hicks' motor home in Oxbow Estates and found a quarter pound of marijuana.

"We developed information that he may have had the marijuana, so we obtained a warrant and served it," a GCNTF agent said. "We found him outside the home and arrested him without incident."

Hicks was booked into the Payson Gila County Jail and later released on a $1,000 bond.

Hicks' arrest comes on the heels of narcotic search warrants the Payson Police Department served New Year's Eve on Jay B. Weaver Jr., 24, and Jay B. Weaver, 43.

The younger Weaver was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The elder Weaver was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of dangerous drugs.

In December, officers from the Payson Police Department, with assistance from Gila County Sheriff's deputies, arrested Vicki Lynn Jones, 48, of Star Valley, for possession of marijuana for sale, dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After serving a search warrant on Jones' residence, officers seized large quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription narcotics.

Payson Police Commander Don Engler said the recent rash of narcotics arrests is nothing new for law enforcement officers.

"Working narcotics is kind of different. Sometimes you go a long time without an arrest, then all of a sudden you go on a roll and all the surveillance, background work and facts come together."

Once that happens, officers must convince a judge to issue a search warrant.

"People have Fourth Amendment rights to feel secure in their home, so we have to have probable cause for a search warrant," Engler said. "All the facts have to be there."

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