A routine speeding stop Friday led officials to take a couple’s 2-year-old child away after discovering drugs in a vehicle and home, according to police.
Early Friday morning, Gila County Sheriff’s Deputy Leonard Kerszykowski stopped a vehicle on Highway 87 for speeding.
Kerszykowski found Payson residents Kylee Kathleen Maksymowski and Jerry Michael Morris in the vehicle, with their 2-year-old daughter in the back seat.
With his K-9 police dog, Kerszykowski discovered drug paraphernalia and approximately 12 grams of heroin.
Kerszykowski called the Gila County Narcotics Task Force and the Payson Police Department Special Enforcement Unit for backup.
“Through the combined efforts and information gathered by the members of each agency, a search warrant was drafted for the vehicle and for the subjects’ residence,” Engler said. “During the service of the search warrant, more drugs and drug paraphernalia were located.”
Officers called state Child Protective Services, which took custody of the child due to the drug possession and alleged use by the parents, Engler said.
Officers arrested Maksymowski and Morris on charges of possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession/use of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, child endangerment and possession of prescription drugs. Maksymowski was also cited for aggravated DUI and Morris for violation of laws against having an open container of alcohol in a car.
Engler said the PPD and GCSO worked well together throughout the case.
“This multi-agency case showed excellent teamwork amongst law enforcement with the arrest of individuals for drug crimes and endangering the life of a small child.”