Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Possessing Drugs

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A Gila County jury found a 33-year-old man guilty of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia July 17.

Juan Francisco Manriquez-Vizcarra, was found by Payson police with five grams of methamphetamine in a camera case around his neck Jan. 28 in a Payson mobile home park, said Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores.

At the time, police were searching for an individual involved in a domestic disturbance.

A lieutenant and two officers went to a mobile home they believed the suspect was in and while looking for the suspect in the domestic assault case they found Vizcarra sitting on a couch in the residence.

Vizcarra made a movement that he was hiding or removing something from the couch and the lieutenant grabbed Vizcarra's wrist. After getting permission to search Vizcarra, five grams of methamphetamine was found in a camera case attached to a chain around his neck, Flores said.

A gram scale was found in his coat pocket.

Judge Peter Cahill will sentence Vizcarra Aug. 11 in the Payson Superior Court. He faces a prison sentence of 10 to 15 years, Flores said.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Patti Wortman and Deputy County Attorney James Parker prosecuted the case.

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