Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest Of Three On Drug Charges

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A simple traffic stop Wednesday led to the arrest of three people on a variety of drug charges, according to police.

At 3 p.m., Payson Police officer Jesse Davies stopped a vehicle on east Highway 260.

During the stop, Davies found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Police arrested Alec Bolotin, 42, the driver of the vehicle, on charges of driving on a suspended license, aggravated DUI, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and use of a dangerous drug and marijuana.

The vehicle’s passenger, Stephen Cotton, 25, was arrested on charges of use of dangerous drugs and marijuana.

Cotton is currently on probation in Gila County.

Both were booked into the Gila County Jail.

After the stop, the PPD Special Enforcement Unit searched Bolotin’s residence in Star Valley.

Officers found drug paraphernalia and dangerous drugs in the home as well as a stolen utility trailer and air compressor.

“Both items were stolen from separate residences in Star Valley,” said PPD Chief Don Engler.

Officers arrested April Moody-Kirkendall, 42, at the home and booked her into the Gila County Jail on charges of use of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. She also has an outstanding warrant out of Yavapai County.

The case remains under investigation and additional charges are pending, Chief Engler said.

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