A Payson man with a history of drug abuse will spend more than nine years in prison after police found him again high on drugs.
On July 19, 2012, a Payson police detective spoke with Daniel Laycock after he was spotted interacting with several people with known drug history, according to deputy county attorney Joy Riddle, who prosecuted the case.
During the conversation, the detective saw signs Laycock was on drugs. A subsequent search of Laycock revealed a variety of drugs including heroin, Oxycodone and methamphetamine. Laycock also tested positive for methamphetamine, opiates and marijuana.
Prosecutors charged Laycock with seven counts, including possession of a narcotic drug for sale, dangerous drugs, drug paraphernalia and a prescription-only drug.
At the time, Laycock had three prior felony criminal convictions, two of them involving drugs. Laycock was also on probation at the time of his arrest, Riddle said.
On July 22, a year after his arrest, Laycock pleaded guilty to possession of a narcotic drug for sale. On Aug. 26, a judge sentenced him to 9.25 years in prison.