Police Investigation Leads To 10 Adult, Juvenile Drug Arrests

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In a cooperative effort between Payson and county law enforcement officers, 10 people from Payson have recently been arrested on drug-related charges.

Payson police arrested and charged eight juvenile offenders and two adults during the week of Jan. 7 through Jan. 14 on various charges, including drug and tobacco violations.

In a press release from Payson police, Sgt. Rod Mamero said a joint investigation conducted by officers with the Payson Police Department's Special Enforcement Unit and the Gila County Narcotics Task Force into off-campus drug related activity among some Payson High School students, and the two adults, resulted in the arrests behind Wal-Mart on Highway 87.

"As a result of this investigation, eight juvenile offenders were charged with various offenses, including possession and use of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession and use of tobacco by a minor," said Mamero in the press release.

"One adult was charged with illegal possession and use of a prescription-only drug, and one adult was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor," said Mamero.

Payson Police Chief Don Engler said the investigation is still ongoing, but as soon as it is wrapped up enough to release full details, the department will be forthcoming.

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