Originally Published: September 16, 2018 5:49 p.m.
Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking has had a successful week of investigating the sale and use of drugs in Yavapai County. Since Sunday, Sept. 9, it has arrested six people and seized about 87 grams of heroin and about 64 grams of methamphetamine, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Following is a synopsis of these recent busts:
CHINO VALLEY BUST
A man suspected of transporting methamphetamine from Phoenix to sell in Chino Valley and surrounding areas was arrested by Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) detectives Sunday, Sept. 9.
Over the past several weeks, detectives received information that meth sales in the Chino Valley area involved a man named Bryan Scott McLaren Jr., 38, PANT reported.
McLaren was stopped by police in his tan-colored Chevrolet Silverado truck on Badger Springs Road near Interstate 17 at about 10 p.m.
After a K9 sniffed around the vehicle, drug paraphernalia was found in the cab of the truck. More than 61 grams of meth was also found in nearby bushes, which McLaren eventually admitted he tossed as deputies approached, YCSO reported.
Detectives got McLaren to acknowledge using and selling meth that he bought in Phoenix. Detectives also found a small quantity of heroin.
McLaren was booked on charges including sales and possession of a controlled substance and remains in-custody on a $2,500 bond.
Four were arrested in Prescott on drug charges after PANT detectives served a search warrant at an apartment in the 800 block of Sunset Avenue on Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The warrant was obtained after developing facts surrounding narcotics sales from the apartment, PANT reported.
Those arrested were 31-year-old Samuel Costello, 27-year-old Audrey Weatherby, 37-year-old Dustin Girard, and 27-year-old Samantha Howard.
At about 12:30 p.m., Costello and Weatherby were seen leaving the apartment in Costello’s vehicle. The vehicle was pulled over and both were detained pursuant to the search warrant.
During a consensual vehicle search, Weatherby was found to be in possession of a lighter with heroin caked on it and was arrested, PANT reported.
Meanwhile, additional PANT Detectives served the search warrant at the Sunset Avenue apartment. Girard and Howard were found in an upstairs bedroom along with about 35 grams of heroin in various packaging and 2 grams of meth, PANT reported.
Numerous syringes and foils with heroin residue and a digital scale were also found.
Girard’s phone contained text messages from buyers seeking to purchase heroin, PANT reported. Girard admitted to selling heroin to as many as 10 people a week, and Howard admitted that she had spent the night in the room with Girard. Both subjects admitted to using heroin the night before and ‘pay/owe’ sheets were found documenting drug sales.
Inside of Costello’s room, about 8 grams of packaged heroin was found, presumably for sale, PANT reported. Loaded and used syringes and a digital scale were also found. Costello later admitted that he sold heroin recently and Audrey admitted she had used heroin at the apartment earlier that day.
All were charged and booked into the Yavapai County jail for the following:
Costello — Possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of narcotic drug and paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond.
Weatherby — Possession of a controlled substance/paraphernalia. She is held without bond due to other pending court matters.
Girard — Possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of narcotic drug and paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $20,000 bond.
Howard — Possession/use of narcotic drug. She remains in-custody on $1,500 bond.
SPRING VALLEY BUST
A man suspected of buying heroin in Phoenix and selling it in the Spring Valley area was arrested by PANT detectives Wednesday, Sept. 12.
Over the past few weeks, detectives received information about ongoing heroin sales from the home of Freddie Gonzalez, 61, in the 17000 block of E. Meadow Lane, Spring Valley, PANT reported.
Gonzalez’s vehicle was pulled over on I-17 near Black Canyon City Tuesday, Sept. 11. Heroin residue and narcotic pills were seized and he was arrested.
Detectives then obtained a search warrant for his home, where they found more than 44 grams of heroin, a gram of meth, a digital scale and a large box of hypodermic syringes, PANT reported.
Gonzalez was charged with possession of narcotic drug for sale, possession of narcotic drug and paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $3,500 bond. The investigation is ongoing.