The Gila County Narcotics Task Force along with the Payson Police Department arrested six people recently on outstanding warrants throughout Rim Country in a warrant roundup.
Department of Public Safety Sgt. Terry Lincoln said 11 warrants were cleared on six people, with two suspects receiving additional charges because they were found with drug paraphernalia on them at the time of arrest.
Warrants ranged from failure to pay child support to drug charges.
“This is a way to bring people to justice that are circumventing the legal system,” Lincoln said.
John Thurman Porter II, 35, and David Bryce Knoner, 49, were arrested on warrants of child support, and Robert Earl Rowland, 24, William Everrett Jack, 29, and Daryle Ervin Schatz, 54, were arrested on valid misdemeanor warrants.
All were arrested without incident at their home, business or on the street.
“Wherever we could find them,” Lincoln said. Several warrants were not served because the suspect moved. She would not say how many warrants the task force tried to collect.
Lincoln said many warrants remain out in Gila County.
Police Chief Don Engler, who had two officers participate in the roundup, said the event helps alleviate some of the outstanding warrant problems in the state.
Police conduct three to four roundups a year in Payson with different agencies participating, including a domestic violence task force, Engler said.
Wednesday’s event also included the Arizona Department of Public Safety and a Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission Task Force.