Police say the use and distribution of methamphetamine remains a steady problem in the Rim Country.
On Friday, the Payson Police Department served two search warrants, arresting five individuals on meth and drug related charges at two residences.
The first warrant was for a home in the 200 block of South Kodz where officers found meth and drug paraphernalia.
The other was for an apartment in the 300 block of West Bonita.
Payson Det. Sgt. Jason Hazelo explained for the past two months, special enforcement detectives had received information from citizens about suspicious activity at the home on South Kodz, including vehicles coming and going at all hours of the day.
However, officers did not have enough to issue a search warrant for the home.
On Friday, an officer stopped a vehicle with Phillip Scott, 29, and Melissa Dungan, 20, inside.
During the stop, the officer arrested Scott and Dungan on charges of possession/use of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Scott was also charged with driving under the influence of drugs.
“Based on that information and the traffic stop, detectives developed enough information to serve a search warrant (for the home),” Hazelo said.
A search of the home uncovered more meth.
Troy Stokey, 48, who was at the residence at the time of the search, was arrested on charges of possession/use of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Additional charges against all three suspects are pending, Hazelo said.
Officers issued a second warrant around 10:45 a.m. Friday at an apartment on West Bonita.
Officers initially responded to the apartment for a domestic violence call.
“Upon approaching the residence officers came in contact with Randall Cawley, 34, who was in possession of a set of scales commonly used to weigh drugs,” Hazelo said. “A search warrant was executed on his residence leading to the arrest of Cawley and Heather Meyocks, 25, for possession/use of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.”
Cawley also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
Additional charges are pending.
“Payson citizens are very helpful in combating the drug problem in the local area as they have assisted in numerous drug cases this year as well as in the past,” Hazelo said.
If you have any information or concerns in your neighborhood, call the PPD at (928) 474-5177, ext. 309.
Leave a message with dispatch or ask for Hazelo, supervisor of the special enforcement unit. You may remain anonymous, however, if you wish to hear the status of your report, leave a name and phone number and a detective will contact you.