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Deputies arrest 3, still seek 1 in Corridor busts

Tips from neighbors and a random traffic stop resulted in two drug busts in corridor communities in less then 48 hours.

Yavapai County Sheriff's officers (YCSO) arrested three people on multiple drug charges in two separate incidents last week, netting 15 guns, one vehicle, $825 in cash and at least three different types of drugs.

On Dec. 12 at around 7 p.m., YCSO Deputy Douglas Brown executed a search warrant for illegal drugs at a Cordes Lakes residence, making two arrests and seeking a third suspect.

Deputies arrested Emma A. Guzman, 65, charging her with Possession of Dangerous Drugs For Sale, Possession of Marijuana For Sale, Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Prescription Only Drugs.

Deputies also arrested Lisa J. Maurer, 25, charging her with Possession of Dangerous Drugs For Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

YCSO spokesperson Sharon Wachter said the warrant is the result of a five-month long investigation of suspected drug activity.

"The YCSO Special Crimes Unit assisted Deputy Brown with the investigation," she said. " Which also included numerous reports from concerned citizens about suspicious activity at the Cordes Lakes residence."

Wachter said police are still seeking Guzman's 28- year-old son, Santiago "JJ" Guzman, who was not at the residence when deputies executed the warrant.

"(J.J.) will also be charged, when located, with Possession of Methamphetamine For Sale, Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Prescription Only Drugs," she said.

Anyone with information about Santiago Guzman's whereabouts can call the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office at 771-3260. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.

Wachter also said police confiscated property during the search.

"A total of four firearms were seized at the residence," she said. "As well as $725 in U.S. currency, which is believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales."

In the second incident in less than 48 hours, Deputy Brown initiated a traffic stop on Highway 69 in Humboldt on a vehicle driven by Richard Roy Johnson Jr., 33, of Poland Junction.

Wachter said Deputy Brown was already aware police wanted Johnson on a warrant for a felony probation violation.

Wachter said Deputy Brown contacted Johnson pursuant to the traffic stop and arrested him without incident.

"While (routine) inventory was conducted of Johnson's vehicle pursuant to arrest, Deputy Brown located approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine and approximately 1/4 pound of marijuana," she said. "A street value of over $1,500."

Deputy Brown contacted The YCSO Special Crimes Unit and obtained a search warrant for Johnson's Poland Junction residence. SCU executed the warrant at approximately 10:50 pm.

Wachter said the search produced illegal drugs and other evidence.

"Subsequent to the execution of the search warrant at Johnson's residence, an additional usable quantity of methamphetamine was located," she said, "along with 11 firearms, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and evidence of drug sales activity."

YCSO also seized Johnson's 1990 mini-van and $100 cash as a result of the investigation.

Deputies booked Johnson into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of Probation Violation Warrant, Possession/Transportation of Methamphetamine for Sale, Possession/Transportation of Marijuana for Sale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Prohibited Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Offense and Possession of an Altered/Defaced Weapon.

Anyone with information about suspected drug activity in the community can call the YCSO Special Crimes Unit at 928-777-7246.

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