Meth sales probe leads to 5 arrests
Five people were arrested in an investigation into methamphetamine sales led by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Unit after detectives found that the operation had been moving several pounds of meth, likely from Mexican cartel sources, into Phoenix and Yavapai County.
In November 2011, special crimes unit detectives developed information about a large-scale meth sales operation after observing relatively small quantities of meth being sold from a home in the 4200 block of North 72nd Lane in Glendale, said Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO spokesman.
Detectives in December 2011 monitored Stephen Schreur, 48, a resident of the Glendale home, allegedly sell meth in the parking lot of a bar in Black Canyon City, D'Evelyn said.
Negotiations with Schreur resulted in an agreement for him to sell two pounds of meth when it was available, and detectives learned Schreur had recently distributed at least three pounds of meth from the Glendale home, D'Evelyn said. On Jan. 17, detectives confirmed that Schreur intended to sell two pounds of meth in Black Canyon City for $28,000.
Detectives served a search warrant at Schreur's Glendale home Jan. 17 with help from Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking, and Glendale Police's Special Investigations Unit, D'Evelyn said.
Detectives reportedly found more than 20 grams of meth in Schreur's room, and arrested him and Jess Chacon, 26, and Kelly West, 44, who had been identified as participants in ongoing drug sales. Schreur was jailed on charges of transportation of dangerous drugs for sale and remains in custody on a $150,000 bond, D'Evelyn said, adding that Chacon and West were arrested on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of paraphernalia and were released pending court filings.
As the investigation continued, detectives learned that two pounds of meth still was scheduled for delivery and sale in Black Canyon City.
On Jan. 19, detectives saw a vehicle that previously had been at the Glendale home enter the parking lot of a Black Canyon City restaurant, and spoke with the driver, Castulo Guzman Gomez, 40, who allegedly told them he drove there to confirm the buyer had the money to buy the meth, D'Evelyn said.
An initial search of the truck did not reveal any drugs, but a K9 alerted on the truck and detectives found more than two pounds of meth hidden in a piece of furniture in the truck's bed, D'Evelyn said. Detectives arrested Gomez on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, and transportation for sales of dangerous drugs and booked him into the Yavapai County Jail where he remains on a $75,000 bond.
Glendale police detectives learned the truck had been seen in front of a home on North 85th Street in Phoenix the previous day, identified an apparent high-level meth seller at the location, and associated him with the truck Gomez had driven to Black Canyon City, D'Evelyn said. Glendale officers also identified another truck, a red Ford F150, and connected it to ongoing meth sales.
YCSO detectives found the F150 in Black Canyon City after Gomez' arrest, and learned its driver, Marco Sandoval, 20, played a key and direct role in arranging delivery of the meth, D'Evelyn said. Sandoval was booked into the Yavapai County Jail on charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transportation of dangerous drugs for sale, organization and leading a criminal syndicate, and he remains in custody on a $125,000 bond.
A search warrant was served at the 85th Street home with help from Phoenix Police SWAT and detectives found several firearms, thousands of dollars in cash, more than three pounds of meth, paraphernalia, and additional furniture with hidden compartments.