Four Arrested On Various Drug Charges


What began as a routine call netted Payson police no less than four arrests on numerous drug-related charges.

Seeking a domestic violence suspect on Monday Jan. 28, police arrested 32-year-old Juan Francisco Manriquez-Vizcarra, Matthew Selig, 31, Sheleen Selig, 33, and an unidentified 16-year-old runaway at a Bonita Street residence.

Charges include possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Sgt. Don Garvin in a press release from Payson Police.

"I want to say the female juvenile was transported to the detention facility in Globe, but I'm not sure if she's still in custody," said Payson Police Chief Don Engler.

Matthew received additional charges of involving a minor in a drug offense, and Sheleen was also arrested for a warrant out of the Payson Justice Court, police said.

Vizcarra also faces charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale and providing false information to law enforcement after he tried to hide his identity from police when questioned, said said Garvin.

The unidentified 16-year-old runaway faces charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of a narcotic drug for sale.

The incident started when Payson Police Officer Matt Zimmerman went to a residence on Echols Street at 11:30 a.m on Monday, Jan. 28 in response to a domestic violence complaint, however, the suspect, Stephen Bernhardt, had run away before police could get there, said Garvin.

Acting on a tip, Zimmerman sent additional officers to an address on Bonita Street at 3 p.m. the same day.

They didn't find Bernhardt, but instead found the Seligs, Manriquez-Vizcarra and the 16-year-old juvenile in the residence with dangerous drugs.

Police also ordered drug testing of the four suspects, which indicated all had drugs in their systems, Garvin said.

"The dangerous drug we got was methamphetamines and the narcotic drug confiscated was cocaine," said Engler.

The arrests came after calling in the Special Enforcement Unit of Payson Police, which is still investigating the incident.

Police are still searching for Bernhardt, Engler said.

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