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10 arrested in meth sales busts in Mayer/Cordes Lakes

Detectives with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Special Crimes Section booked 10 people into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale in the past few months in connection with several ongoing investigations into the sales of methamphetamine in Mayer and Cordes Lakes, according to Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.

Detectives are seeking another suspect, Gregory Stuart Brown, 58, who investigators say sold meth twice in March on Main Street in Mayer and is wanted on charges of two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, D'Evelyn said.

Brown often frequents the Mayer area, but has not been seen recently, D'Evelyn said.

Brown's appearance may differ from this 2008 photo of him, D'Evelyn said. Brown is 5-foot-9, about 160 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair.

If you know where Brown is, please contact YCSO at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Callers to Silent Witness become eligible for a cash reward if Brown is located based on the tip.

Late last year, detectives confirmed Charles Roberts, 60, of Spring Valley, sold methamphetamine in the Mayer area, and on June 14, Roberts was arrested at the Bank of the West business in Mayer and booked into jail on two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, D'Evelyn said.

"We don't believe he was selling throughout the investigation," D'Evelyn said. "Detectives were monitoring his activities very closely after purchasing from him."

Rather than arrest one person in the meth sales network, the detectives continued their investigation until they had documented evidence of sales for all the people in the network and "delayed their arrests to protect confidential informants and protect the integrity of their investigation," D'Evelyn said.

"If we take out one dealer, it tips off other dealers in the network who will close down for a while or move out of town," D'Evelyn said. "So in June, the detectives arrested them at the same time."

Not all of the dealers in this network knew each other, but they knew many of the same buyers, and "buyers tend to tell dealers when their other dealers are busted," D'Evelyn said.

Detectives confirmed that in January, Kenneth Wallace, 35, of Cordes Lakes, sold meth on two occasions, including once from his home in the 15000 block of Cordes Lakes Drive. On June 1, detectives arrested Wallace at his home on charges of two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, and Wallace acknowledged the ongoing sales of meth, D'Evelyn said.

Detectives confirmed that 29-year-old Joel Clark of Cordes Lakes sold meth on three separate occasions, including twice from his home in the 20000 block of Deer Valley Lane in January and April, according to investigators. On Feb. 3, Clark sold meth in the parking lot of the Chevron Station in Cordes Junction, D'Evelyn said. On May 26, detectives arrested Clark who was driving a medical transportation van after a traffic stop in Cordes Junction, D'Evelyn said.

When detectives served a search warrant at his home on Deer Valley Lane, they found marijuana and a pipe near Clark's children, a 2-year-old and 2-month-old under the care of his girlfriend and their mother, 26-year-old Jennifer Ocell, D'Evelyn said.

Detectives booked Clark on charges of three counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotics drugs (which were found in his work van), possession of marijuana, and child abuse. Ocell was booked for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia along with a child abuse charge, and Child Protective Services was notified, D'Evelyn said.

Benjamin Jones, 29, of Mayer, sold meth twice from his home in the 12000 block of Central Avenue in Mayer in February and March, according to detectives. On June 22, Jones was arrested at his home and booked into jail on charges of two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, and Jones told detectives he sold meth for profit, D'Evelyn said.

David McMillan, 56, of Mayer sold a quantity of meth from his home in the 12000 block of Stagecoach Road in Mayer in February and March, according to detectives. On May 3, detectives learned McMillan was scheduled to sell a quantity of meth to a buyer in front of the Mayer Library on Wicks Avenue. Detectives monitored the library grounds and determined that his wife Carol McMillan, 50, was delivering meth as arranged by David, D'Evelyn said.

After recovering the meth from Carol, detectives spoke with David at his home and arrested him that day at his home, D'Evelyn said.

When detectives searched the McMillan's home, they found two grams of meth, pipes, scales and a handgun, D'Evelyn said. Detectives booked David McMillan into jail on charges of three counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

Carol McMillan was released pending further investigation, and was later arrested and booked in June for one count of transportation of dangerous drugs for sale related to this incident, D'Evelyn said. She has since been released on bond, D'Evelyn said.

On April 5, Cholla Webber, 34, sold a quantity of meth on Main Street in Mayer and the next day, she sold meth on a road adjacent to the Stagecoach Trailer Park in Mayer, D'Evelyn said. On May 3, Webber was arrested at David McMillan's home during a drug sales investigation and booked into jail on charges of two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

On two occasions in March and one in May, Susan Sullivan, 51, sold meth from her home in the 10000 block of 3rd Street in Mayer, according to detectives. Detectives served a search warrant at her home on May 24, and she was booked into jail on charges of three counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

In March and April, Martha Hallaway, 47, of Mayer, sold meth from a home in the Stagecoach Trailer Park in Mayer, according to detectives. Detectives later learned of a larger meth sale expected, and on May 11, a YCSO K9 deputy found Hallaway in possession of two ounces of meth during a traffic stop on I-17, D'Evelyn said. A deputy arrested Hallaway for prior meth sales and an unrelated arrest warrant, and she was booked into the county jail on charges of three counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale and the arrest warrant, D'Evelyn said.

Richard Roombos, 50, of Mayer, sold meth at a restaurant and in front of the post office in Mayer, once in March and once in April, according to detectives. Detectives arrested Roombos on June 14, at his home in the 10000 block of 3rd Street and booked him into jail on charges of two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

William Jaeger, 43, sold meth from his home in the 9600 block of Sunset Drive in Mayer twice in April, according to detectives. On one of the dates, Jaeger also sold marijuana, D'Evelyn said. In May, Jaeger was arrested at his home and booked into jail on charges of two counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of marijuana for sale.

Editor's Note - YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn stated that all, except Jennifer Ocell and Carol McMillan, remain in custody.

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