Citizen Tips Help Police Arrest Six On Drug Charges


Acting on tips from the community, Payson Police officers arrested five adults and one juvenile, between Sept. 6 and Sept. 14, on drug charges.

Payson Police officials said a joint effort by concerned citizens and the department's Special Enforcement Unit led to the arrests.

On Sept. 6, Payson Police arrested Michael Molsberry, 43, of Payson, and a 17-year-old juvenile female on charges of alleged possession of marijuana, possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tips from citizens led police to stop Molsberry on a traffic stop and after questioning him, determined he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.

After searching his vehicle, police discovered the stolen property, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Police said Molsberry was on release pending prior drug charges at the time of his arrest.

Police said Molsberry is known to associate with juveniles.

He was booked into the Gila County Jail in Payson, and the juvenile was sent to the detention facility in Globe.

On Sept. 11, Dale Anglemire, 36, and Kimberly Anglemire, 33, both of Payson, were arrested for alleged possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Police said the arrests came after a search of the Anglemire's home resulted in the discovery of the drugs and paraphernalia.

Payson Police Chief Don Engler said tips from citizens, in part, led to the arrests.

Children were present at the time of the arrests and were released to the care of family members.

On Sept. 14 Payson Police arrested Payson resident Jon Williams, 54, on alleged drug charges.

Police had responded to Williams' home on a medical call, when illegal drugs were discovered in his home.

Williams was arrested and booked into the Gila County Jail, according to Payson Police.

Also on Sept. 14, police arrested 37-year-old Shawn Thorne in the 900 block of south Beeline Highway on alleged drug charges.

On the afternoon of Sept. 14, Thorne was involved in an accident with injuries involving two vehicles.

Thorne and Otis McFadden, 69, of Mesa were injured in the accident.

McFadden was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.

Thorne was flown to Scottsdale Osborn Hospital in Phoenix, where she was treated and then released into the custody of Payson Police.

After police responded to the accident, they allegedly discovered drugs in Thorne's purse and vehicle, which led to her arrest.

She was booked into the jail in Payson on charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and aggravated DUI.

A grand jury will examine the evidence against Thorne on Wednesday.

"These arrests are absolutely, in part, due to the involvement and tips of the community," Engler said on Monday.

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