Thanks to the watchful eyes of an officer and the trained snout of a K-9, two men were arrested on charges of drug possession in late January.
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Payson Police Officer Michael Hansen stopped a white Ford F-150 in the Maverik Gas Station parking lot for a traffic violation, according to a PPD press release.
During the traffic stop, Hansen became suspicious and called for Deputy Kerszewkowski of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office along with his K-9, Roman, to conduct a drug search of the truck.
While sniffing out the truck, Roman alerted officers to multiple locations on the vehicle.
Upon inspection of the truck, officers found approximately a gram and a half of methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia, including a scale.
Officers also found a methamphetamine pipe on the driver of the vehicle, Richard Solano, 51, of Payson.
Solano was arrested and charged with possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The passenger of the vehicle, Richard Roxberry, 43, also of Payson, was arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers located approximately $962 in cash on Roxberry and Solano.
After the arrests, police impounded the truck as evidence and obtained a search warrant for it the following day.
Following an extensive search of the truck, PPD narcotics detectives and Gila County Narcotics Task Force agents located approximately five and a half more grams of methamphetamine along with several digital scales.
Charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale have been requested through the Gila County attorney’s office.