Surveillance Nets Three Payson Residents On Drug Charges


Two separate search warrants on Friday resulted in three Payson residents being arrested on drug charges.

The first search warrant took place at 2:12 p.m. at 110 Airport Road, space 18, after Payson Police placed the residence under surveillance.

Terri Helton, 50, of Payson was arrested at his residence for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Payson Police Commander Don Engler said police had been gathering information against Helton for the last six weeks in an effort to get enough information to obtain a search warrant.

The second search warrant occurred at 5:43 p.m. at 1304 N. Beeline Highway, space 49.

Engler said police, while conducting surveillance, noticed several people leaving the residence at various times after allegedly purchasing illegal drugs.

He said police were able to gather enough evidence to obtain a search warrant.

Police entered the home and arrested David Allen, 43, of Payson for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana for sale, involving a minor in drug offense and possession of a narcotic and dangerous drugs.

A second 31-year-old resident inside the home has charges pending against him for use of marijuana, though Engler said additional charges could be added against him because the investigation is still under way.

Other people leaving the residence, while police were in surveillance, were also arrested for possession, the Payson police commander said.

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