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Woman caught with methamphetamine

Tribal police arrested Christine Marr, 38, of Payson after Mazatzal Casino surveillance cameras caught her taking methamphetamine at a machine March 9.

"She was snorting it through a straw out of a baggie," said tribal police Chief Quincy Goseyun. "She was trying to be discreet about it. She was hiding the baggy with her hand." Police confiscated seven 2-by-2-inch bags of methamphetamines, a vile of the drug and a glass pipe.

"It looks like she was trying to sell it, but she denies it," Goseyun said. Marr was charged with possession of a dangerous drug and possession of paraphernalia. She was released from the Gila County Jail by Judge Jim Weeks March 10.

Graffiti increasing around Payson

As graffiti blights businesses around town, Payson Police Commander Don Engler said the department is assembling a special task force to address the issue.

"We've been seeing an increase of graffiti in the past year and a half," Engler said. "Graffiti is not something we want to get started in Payson." The majority of vandalism is concentrated in the south end of town, and around the Beeline Highway and Highway 260 interchange. The writing is in English, spray painted and probably not gang-related, Engler said.

"If anyone sees young people rustling around at night behind alleys, call the police," Engler added. To report graffiti, contact Officer Josh LaManna at (928) 474-5177.

Cause of death for missing man still unknown

The body of Tonto Village resident Tim Tucker Adams was found in a culvert about 17 miles east of Payson near Hwy. 260 on March 4. Gila County Undersheriff Adam Shepherd couldn't comment on the cause or time of death pending forensic results. Search and Rescue coordinator Terry Hudgens found Adams' body after scouring an area near the Tonto Village turnoff. Tucker was reported missing Feb. 7 after he left his home in Tonto Village on foot. He did not take his wallet, credit cards or any other identification.

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