Originally Published: October 4, 2018 2:15 p.m.
Updated as of Thursday, October 4, 2018 4:15 PM
Based on a notice from the Mesa Police Department, the Chino Valley Police Department (CVPD) arrested a man and woman on drug and weapon charges Thursday night, Sept. 27.
A white Nissan Altima reported to Mesa police by its owner as stolen had a tracking feature that showed it was in the Chino Valley area that night, said CVPD spokesperson Vince Schaan.
Chino Valley police found the Nissan and pulled it over in the 1900 block of North Highway 89 at about 8:30 p.m. They were informed that Jaimie Kaiser, a 30-year-old Peoria resident with a valid warrant for her arrest was likely the driver. Kaiser had been loaned the car by the owner, but then refused to return it when asked to, Schaan said.
After confirming Kaiser was the driver, she was arrested on her active warrant, which was out of the Mayer Justice Court for failing to pay fines, Schaan said.
A man in the car, 31-year-old Courtney Lee from Chino Valley, was found to have a loaded 9mm handgun in his waistband. The gun was removed by police for safety purposes, Schaan said. As the vehicle was being inventoried for the pending tow truck arrival, a usable quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and some drug paraphernalia was located.
Kaiser and Lee both denied ownership of the illegal drugs, albeit Kaiser talked about knowing the contents of the bag around the drugs and documents with Lee’s name were found in the same bag, Schaan said.
The two were booked into the Yavapai County jail on possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Kaiser was also booked for her valid warrant and Lee faces an additional charge of possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony.
The owner of the Nissan chose not to press charges on Kaiser for refusing to return the car.
“Chino Valley Police would like to thank the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance on this stop as well as Mesa PD for the information on the vehicle and wanted subject coming into our jurisdiction,” Schaan said.
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