Drug Use Prompts Prison Term


A Payson man will spend three years in prison after he was found using drugs in a Payson hotel last year.

Payson police found Roy Allen McMillen, 41, and another person using methamphetamine in a hotel room on May 5, 2013. When officers entered the room, they found several syringes and drug paraphernalia. When questioned, McMillen admitted to using meth, according to the Gila County Attorney’s Office.

On May 27, Judge Gary Scales sentenced McMillen to three years for using a dangerous drug.

McMillen’s other convictions include, in 2002, aggravated DUI and a prohibited person possessing a weapon; 2006, felony flight and a prohibited person possessing a weapon; 2012, possessing a vehicle with a defaced VIN number; and 2012, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Most notably, in 2005, Payson police stopped McMillen after he reportedly fired a gun outside town limits. When McMillen reportedly grew combative during arrest, an officer tasered him. This spurred an internal investigation. Several witnesses said officers used excessive force and didn’t need to taser McMillen, since he was handcuffed and surrounded by four officers. But the then-police chief cleared the officer and ruled use of the taser necessary.


Meria Heller 2 years, 7 months ago

the "war" on drugs is a total failure and our prisons are loaded with drug offenders. Where's treatment?


Maggie Meares 2 years, 7 months ago

I couldn't see the button on the right without my glasses...I did NOT mean to flag the comment for removal...what happened to the "Like button"? I meant to "Like" in not have it removed!


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