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Two men, 3 teens arrested on drug charges after detectives find suspected meth lab

James Simpson

James Simpson

Detectives with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Section (SCS) arrested two men and three underage teens on drug charges April 21 after serving a search warrant and finding a suspected methamphetamine lab.

Just before 6 p.m., detectives served the search warrant at a home in the 3400 block of Maybe Manana Way in Rimrock. Detectives arrested two men, 63-year-old William Portrey and 18-year-old James Simpson, two teenage girls and a teenage boy on various drug charges after allegedly finding evidence of marijuana use, possession and a meth producing operation in a guest bedroom, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

In the guest bedroom, detectives say they found a large clear plastic soda bottle with a plastic hose inserted into the top that contained a white liquid as well as another bottle with a semi-solid white material. Detectives believed the items were part of a meth lab, D'Evelyn said.

Detectives called the Montezuma/Rimrock Fire Department to the scene because they were concerned the hazardous chemicals might catch fire or explode. Detectives determined air quality was all right before detectives from the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking and a Department of Public Safety Hazmat team arrived to process the room and its contents.

Authorities determined Simpson was responsible for the methamphetamine-producing components found in his room, D'Evelyn said. PANT and SCS detectives learned Simpson had allegedly produced methamphetamine and shared it with at least two of the juveniles living with him.

A deputy booked Simpson into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges including possession, sales, and manufacturing dangerous drugs, possession of chemicals to make dangerous drugs, manufacture of dangerous drugs, possession or use of drug paraphernalia, three counts of involving a minor in drug offense, and possession, use, and sale of marijuana. Simpson remains in custody on a $75,000 bond.

A deputy booked Portrey into the county jail on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Portrey has since been released on bond.

The three juveniles were charged with possession/use of marijuana. The two girls were booked into the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention Center in Prescott, and the boy was released to his parents, D'Evelyn said.

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