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7/3/2012 10:00:00 PM
Request for spoon leads to arrest on charges of heroin, meth possession
Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

Prescott police arrested a man on Wednesday after officers found a brown substance that tested positive for heroin in his hotel room. Police said a bag of heroin fell near the man as he stood up to walk to the patrol car, and later a bag with a chunk of heroin slightly smaller than a golf ball and a bag of meth were found near the man on the floor of the police station.

An officer booked William Blake Chapman, 20, of Prescott into the Yavapai County Jail on felony charges including possession of a narcotic drug and possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

Officers found 14.5 grams of heroin and 5.6 grams of meth in Chapman's possession, according to the police report.

"The heroin has a street value of $2,800 here in Prescott, and the meth a street value of $560," said Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley.

At 4:11 p.m., officers answered a call about a suspicious man and woman at a hotel in the 200 block of Sheldon Street who asked for a metal spoon and returned to their hotel room.

Officers arrived, spoke to the man and woman, then searched the room and found a purse on a table with a digital scale inside with a brown residue that appeared to be heroin, two used syringes with a brown residue inside, small brown flakes on the table and the floor where the man had been standing when the door opened, as well as a spoon with heroin residue in the bathroom.

The officer asked the woman about the digital scale and other items inside her purse and she appeared confused, told officers the items were not hers, and that she met Chapman and got some marijuana from him earlier that day.

After speaking with officers, the woman was released to a friend, and the Yavapai County Attorney's Office will review the case to determine whether charges will be filed against her.

The woman's name is not included in this story per Courier policy not to identify people who haven't been arrested or cited, or who are charged with misdemeanors.

The officer handcuffed Chapman, told him he was under arrest and searched Chapman's pockets, but did not find anything illegal. However, they noticed Chapman was constantly moving around, had involuntary muscle contractions, and kept pulling at his shorts.

In the police station booking room, the officer saw Chapman appear to be trying to throw up. He allegedly shoved his hand into his pants, appeared to pull or grab something, and then flailed uncontrollably.

As Prescott firefighters evaluated Chapman, officers found a bag with a chunk of heroin slightly smaller than a golf ball and another bag of a white crystal substance that appeared to be meth near Chapman's knees on the floor.

Chapman was taken to the hospital for treatment, where his urine later flashed positive for marijuana, opiates, meth, and amphetamines, according to the police report.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 09, 2012
Article comment by: Elizabeth May

Dear Laurie Chapman,

Regardless of whether Heroin addiction is a "disease" or not... I stand by you as a mother of a 20 year-old. I also appreciate privacy's post.

If it's any comfort to you... my closest friend got involved with Heroin when we were both 20 years-old. She didn't have very much but she lost every little thing that she did have... in very short order.

Very unfortunately, she had a very damaging encounter with law enforcement. She suffered terribly as a result.

That was nearly 30 years ago... and she has been clean of Heroin all this time. We still talk nearly everyday and she is making a big difference in the lives of others. She works in the medical field.

Keep Hope Alive... Yours... Liz


Posted: Monday, July 09, 2012
Article comment by: @The Mayor and the city council members

The leaders of this community have created this problem by inviting rehab centers to this town. Many of those centers are licensed by the city, NOT the health department. The reason for that is that only a rehab who offers TRUE rehab services such as counseling are licensed by the health department, and thus have oversight. Approximately 1/2 of the (26) rehabs in Prescott are "self directed" which means they provide room and board and encourage people to attend meetings. The police department makes the people who fail rehab quite comfortable by not taking any action against these folks such as arrests for public intoxication, panhandling, loitering, harassing residents. THEY have made Prescott a prime destination for rehab, with no regard which ones have a good track record. The PD could do rotating patrols downtown to get this problem under control, but they would rather write traffic tickets. They invited this problem and now they refuse to clean it up. Get them out of office and put people in who truly care about the well being of law abiding Prescott citizens!

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Whats your disease ?

Its a disease .The AMA , The CDC and many other medical organizations say so .
* Just as a defect in the bone can be a fracture and a defect in the pancreas can lead to diabetes, a defect in the brain leads to changes in behavior. In attempting to separate behaviors (which are always choices) from symptoms (the result of a disease process), the Choice Argument ignores almost all of the findings of neurology. Defects in the brain can cause brain processes to falter. Free will is not an all or nothing thing. It fluctuates under survival stress.
So , whats your disease ? Food , alcohol , cigarettes , other drugs , how about control , self righteousness , martyrdom , power, arrogance , sex , religion, tv , internet , sports , politics, business? What are the effects of it on another when your in your disease ? Can you see it ? Are you even aware of it ? I doubt this kid said " when I grow up I want to be an addict , arrested in a motel room in Prescott Arizona ".


Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Pray or Prey ??

Now that this area has been taken over by "treatment" centers , and the influx of alcoholics / addicts has saturated the area .People are waking up to the fact that this has an effect on them , whether or not they even know a person who is afflicted with the "disease" or "bad choices" . It wont change here , its over saturated , there are still communities where the number and rate of this problem are more in line , with the population , and have less of a negative impact, and they do NOT insource the "industry" as they do here . If you are thinking of moving , a little research will go a long way . Living in a city or town that became known for "treating" a person afflicted with say any disease or problem of "bad choices" will have an effect on that community as a whole . Living in a city that tries to hide it or deny it exists , has a bigger problem then those who face it . The problem exists in every community , but , not every community opens it doors to the problem as much as this one has and simply closing them wont work either . Prescott denied , for ever that it, in and of itself ever had these problems , and still does . Its unfortunate that the ones who live here and have suffered from the economic injustice's cant even get the help they need , but , the "professional" or the "trustfunder" who have the insurance , the status , and local connections get all the help they need when it comes to treatment . The ones less fortunate get thrown under the bus , even by their own peers in the "treatment" world . The problem wont get better but you can count on it growing ..at least in Prescott. Living in a "recovery" town , is great as long as everyone is in recovery , right? While you still have a choice , if you're considering moving here , think really hard about it . If you have recovery and want to stay here , think really hard about it . If you pray ask yourself if that is in fact, what you are doing , because the line between prey and pray are very fine and you can do great harm . To bad we dont have a treatment center for religion .
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. - Thomas A Kempis



Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2012
Article comment by: Re: A Mother's Son comment.

I hope you never have kids that need your support due to something they did wrong. Me, I have NO bleeding heart. Punishment is due where the punishment is due. I have adult children and still have teenagers at home. We are a smoke free, drug free family. We are very involved. However, reading these comments make me sick. Prescott is so full of this type of " I am better than you additude". Still my heart goes out to this young man that made a wrong turn in life. I pray for comfort for his family. And last but not least....I pray for you to also be kind.

Posted: Saturday, July 07, 2012
Article comment by: Take Your Nonsense Elsewhere

TO: Ahh Prescott

How about "Don't come to Prescott if you're going to do drugs and commit crimes."

Quit blaming others and making excuses for morally deficient people.


Posted: Friday, July 06, 2012
Article comment by: Ahh Prescott

Come for vacation, leave on probation

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2012
Article comment by: There is a lesson here

There is a lesson to be learned here. Bring you own spoon.

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2012
Article comment by: @ Negative Prescott

I wouldn't worry too much about it. I live in here too and absolutely love it as well. It is very easy to sit in front of your computer and become "somebody else" as you would if you were behind a Halloween mask. People get real gutsy and post very negative things to get a rise. It seems to work quite well. It then turns into a feeding frenzy with no real meaning or depth. Pay no attention.

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2012
Article comment by: Negative Prescott

I can't believe all of the negativity that has been posted! No matter where you live, there are going to be these types of issues....this isn't just a Prescott problem, it's worldwide....there is no place in the world that doesn't have drugs or crime....I absolutely LOVE this town, and while there are unfortunate things that happen in our community, one thing I know for sure is that ranting and raving about how bad it is, certainly doesn't help a thing....If you hate it here so much, then why are you living here? Go live in a big city and then you can see what real crime rates are....Have a little sympathy for other people....god forbid you or your loved ones ever need help someday....

Posted: Friday, July 06, 2012
Article comment by: A Mother's Son

Perhaps people having bleeding heart attitudes that he's some "mother's baby boy" is part of his problem... There are a lot of mother's sons out there who aren't of such weak character to resort to drugs. Quit making excuses for morally bankrupt losers.

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: TO SUSAN REIZ

"Follow the money trail and it will lead to city hall."

It's always that way, isn't it?

However, the task will be difficult, as the Prescott PD will serve their masters and make life miserable for anyone asking questions.


Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: Monkey Jedi Flame

@ I am disgusted by these comments?

So are you or are aren't you disgusted?

Please note, I am also some mother's baby boy. Big whoopty-ding-dong!

The guy broke the law, and deserves whatever he gets.

And to his mom: My mom wishes I had turned out better. But guess what, it ain't her fault I am as I am, it is the choices I made in my life.

And THAT is what you and all the other boo-whooers are missing!


Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: I am disgusted by these comments?

What NO one is seeing here is this kid is and always has been some Mothers baby boy. This has got to be the most painfull thing a Mother can see. I understand DRUGS are bad and I also under stand once under the influences of DRUGS this kid is NOT himself. To his mom, As a Mother myself, my heart goes out to you and your family. I hope your son gets the help he needs.


Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: It Helps

@ Andy Anderson

It helps if you post your comment under the article it pertains to.

Just saying.


Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: Susan Reiz

Prescott's motto should change to Every Drug Users Hometown. This place is ridiculous! Why do we need over 20+ halfway houses in Prescott? Follow the money trail and it will lead to city hall.

Posted: Thursday, July 05, 2012
Article comment by: Andy Anderson

So much sympathy going to a guy that decided to smoke bath salts, shoot meth, or whatever he did. Face it, No one steals a truck naked sober. Where is the sympathy to the guy that took his family camping in his Jeep, trying to enjoy the great outdoors, only to have it ruined by some tard who wants to get "high on life"? What about that guy? He has to explain to his kids "Yeah, Daddy had a few days off and wanted to enjoy it with you, spend some time in the great outdoors, but some moron wanted to steal Daddy's hard earned truck and cause this drama. Sorry you saw him naked".

Come on, people. Put sympathy where sympathy is due. To that man, I say "Sorry your hard earned weekend off was ruined, and sorry you have to deal with this. I would be honored to pay for your campsite next time you decide to enjoy the wilderness".

People, get real!


Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: To Privacy

My older sister who is 20 now is a drug addict. My brother and I are not and we have been raised by wonderful parents in a loving home. My sister fell into the wrong crowd at 16 and like many teens wanted to be popular. She was arrested at 18 and currently in prison. My little brother and I were teased mercifully and cruelly by other kids at school who read in the Courier about my sister. I was 13 and my brother 11. We were ostracized by our friends and parents of our friends who no longer allowed us to play together. We finally had to move because our family was being punished and tortured by my sister's mistake. All because her addiction was made public. I know lots of people in Prescott enjoy reading about other people's miseries and problems, it makes them feel better about themselves, but it has a negative, trickle down effect on non-deserving family members. ... Obviously it is not a deterrent as one reader commented, by the number of arrests we see daily in the paper. I find the town of Prescott cruel and heartless with folks who find pleasure in reading about other folks problems.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: pride goeth before a fall

I can't believe that I share a community with you people that put hateful comments on here. I'm sure that it makes you feel very special inside to judge others and that is the only way that you can live with yourselves, by looking at those in trouble or turmoil and taking pleasure in it. Addiction is a disease however, being a smug, self righteous (person) is not. There is no excuse for you, your bigoted comments reflect everything that is wrong in this world.

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: A Disease!!??

Disease my eye! Leukemia is a disease. Scoliosis is a disease. Cancer is a disease.

Addiction is a choice with horrible consequences.

The PC crowd went down the wrong path when they well-intentionally gave addicts and drunks an out by saying "it's not their fault." I call BS.

Ever since self-responsibility became optional in this country - it's been on a downhill slide ever since.

I wish your son and family the very best and a quick and full turn-around in his life. I won't use the term "recovery" as that too implies he has a disease rather than a bad, self-inflicted, optional habit and string of bad choices.


Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: Rehab Capital

@ Prescott Sober Living

WE can't break this cycle, only the addict can!


Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: Prescott Sober Living

We will all pray for Will, I knew him sober and he's no different than any other kid. Everyone should take a look at their love ones and make sure we break this cycle. God Bless

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: An apology to Laurie Chapman

To Laurie Chapman:
If this is your son, please accept my apology for my careless remark earlier. It must be horrible to see your son in this condition. Yes, drug abuse does affect more than just the user, and addiction is difficult for people to understand. As a community, we see this all too often and people become less compassionate. I hope your family's intervention proves successful and his life is saved.


Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

What is the current EMS protocol on Narcan? Can E's push it yet?

Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Article comment by: Gus Patrick

@ Laurie Chapman

Addiction starts with a choice, just as breaking that addiction starts with a choice.

You either choose to start taking drugs that ultimately lead to addiction, or you don't.

You either choose to end your addiction, or your don't.

Stop minimizing the choices people make.



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