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3:24 AM Wed, July 18th

PANT busts man on drug charges

PRESCOTT – A six-month investigation by the Prescott Area Narcotics Task Force (PANT) led to the arrest Monday of a 25-year-old Prescott man whom police believe to be a local drug dealer.

PANT Sgt. Walter Spokes said Casey Wells faces multiple charges including transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

He said that PANT, with the help from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Unit and the Prescott Police Department, served a search warrant on Wells' residence at 140 S. Virginia St. He said Wells recently moved to that location.

Officers said they found about 1.25 pounds of methamphetamine in Wells' vehicle and house, Spokes said. The drugs had a $50,000 street value, he said.

They seized Wells' car, three firearms, additional narcotics, drug paraphernalia and more than $3,000 in cash, he said.

Police also arrested David Peters of Pleasant View, Colo., and Rudy Krantz of Chino Valley, who were at the residence when authorities carried out the search warrant, Spokes said. Krantz, who had an outstanding warrant out of Prescott Valley, faces charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and taking contraband to a correctional facility. Peters faces possession of drug and drug paraphernalia charges, Spokes said.

In other news:

• Prescott Valley police arrested Martin Smith of Prescott Valley Friday on multiple felony charges in connection with a domestic violence incident.

Prescott Valley Lt. P.J. Janik said Smith faces three counts of endangerment, three counts of aggravated assault and three counts of disorderly conduct with a firearm, all of which are related to the domestic violence incident. He also faces seven counts of disorderly conduct with a firearm, which stem from refusing to surrender a weapon at the request of the officers.

Janik said that at around 4:40 p.m., in the 3200 block of North Navajo Drive, Smith allegedly hurt his girlfriend and threatened two other people in the house with a gun. When police arrived, he allegedly refused to drop the weapon.

After a short standoff, officers were able to subdue Smith, he said. The victim received treatment at the scene for bruises on her face.