Payson Man Sentenced To 10 Years On Meth Charges

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A man with an extensive history of drug abuse will spend 10 years in jail after a judge sentenced him last week to the maximum sentence for possessing dangerous drugs for sale.

Clinton Carl Gimlen, 40, pled guilty to possessing methamphetamine as part of a plea agreement that dismissed three other drug-related charges.

On Dec. 24, 2011, the Payson Police Department recovered meth while searching a home Gimlen shared with several other people.

While searching a bedroom shared by Gimlen and his nephew, officers found drug paraphernalia, including baggies, a digital scale and meth pipes, according to a police report.

Police said that they learned that before their arrival, someone had tipped Gimlen off and he flushed several bags of meth down the toilet.

Sanitary district employees later recovered 15-20 bags of meth in the sewage pipe and Gimlen tested positive for meth, according to the report.

“When questioned, Mr. Gimlen admitted to selling methamphetamine and stated he was selling drugs to make money to relocate out of Payson,” according to the report.

During a pre-sentencing interview, Gimlen told a probation officer he has struggled with drug abuse, primarily meth. While he was sober for a year, he relapsed after his sister was killed in an accident and his brother was diagnosed with leukemia. He said he was abused as a child and exposed to drugs and alcohol at an early age. He dropped out of school after the eighth grade, but later completed his general equivalence diploma, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree while in prison.

Gimlen was convicted of possessing dangerous drugs in Yavapai County in 2007 and possessing stolen property and tattooing a minor in Gila County in 2007, according to court records.

Deputy Probation Officer Kathy Joerns wrote that Gimlen, who has five children, has used the criminal justice system as a revolving door, serving several jail and prison terms, but to no avail.

“Mr. Gimlen acknowledged he has a checkered past as well as disclosing an extensive drug abuse history,” she wrote.

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