Trio Arrested On Drug Paraphernalia, Stolen Gun, Stereo, Credit Card Charges


Police say three New Mexico residents were arrested Jan. 8 after police found drug paraphernalia, a stolen firearm, credit cards, Social Security cards and stereo and camera equipment in their truck.

Payson Police Officer Brandon Buckner stopped the trio about 10 p.m. in the 500 block of South Beeline Highway.

Buckner found a slew of allegedly stolen items in the truck including credit cards and a large number of stereos and camera equipment suspected of being stolen in the truck bed. Additionally, the truck’s temporary license plate is believed to be fraudulent.

Investigators determined one of the Social Security cards was stolen during a robbery in Isleta, N.M. and a firearm was stolen during a burglary in Tucumcari, N.M.

Other stolen items are believed to be from the Albuquerque, area.

At this time, police do not believe any of the items were stolen from the Payson area.

Ernie Ray Montoya, 32, of Rio Rancho, N.M., was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, weapons misconduct and identity theft. Yolonda Renteria, 36, of Albuquerque, was arrested on charges of forgery, weapons misconduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and narcotic drugs.

Lauren J. Whitehurst, 23, of Albuquerque, was arrested on charges of possession of narcotic drugs and drug paraphernalia and weapons misconduct.

Detectives are working with investigators in New Mexico and Arizona. Detectives may request additional charges from the county attorney’s office as the investigation continues. All three suspects remain in custody at the Gila County Jail.


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