Report Of Illegal Dumping In Forest Leads To Drug Arrests

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The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested three Payson residents Wednesday on drug charges after responding to a report of illegal dumping.

About 2 p.m., a man called police to report three people were dumping brush off Cracker Jack Mine Road, a mile off Highway 87, north of Payson.

When deputies arrived, they found Leetta Steward, 45, Gregory Ramstedt, 50, and Dalton Packer, 21, near a small trailer full of brush hitched to a Ford Bronco, according to the GCSO.

During a warrant check, officers discovered Steward was wanted on two warrants, one for failure to appear on a disorderly conduct charge and another for child support.

When asked if they could search the vehicle, Ramstedt agreed and said the vehicle belonged to him and that there was a marijuana pipe inside, which he had a medical marijuana card for, said Lt. Tim Scott with the GCSO.

Officers found other drugs in the vehicle and arrested all three on possession of dangerous drugs and possession of marijuana.

Ramstedt and Packer were also arrested on a charge of drug paraphernalia possession.

The vehicle was towed and all three were booked into the Gila County jail.

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