Cordes Lakes motel drug bust nets meth, heroin
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested two men at a Cordes Lakes motel room on Thursday, Sept. 27, after receiving a report of possible drug use.
Charles Taylor, 41, of Glendale and Oscar Flores, 28, of Phoenix face charges including the possession and sale of drugs, as well as a weapons count.
Taylor also faces additional charges of assault and kidnapping regarding a 29-year-old woman who was found in the motel room.
YCSO received a call concerning possible drug use in a motel room and a male “snorting” something while seated in a white pickup. Deputies were dispatched to the motel in the 19000 block of Hitching Post Way just before 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27.
Deputies spoke with the woman who answered the motel room door. They also detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside. Taylor and Flores were also present. Deputies interviewed all three individuals, who denied using drugs but admitted there might be marijuana in the motel room.
A YCSO K9 deputy arrived and received a positive alert for drug odor on the truck during an exterior sniff. While searching for the source of odor, deputies located a 9 mm handgun in the bed of the truck.
Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) detectives assisted in the search.
After obtaining a search warrant for the motel room, deputies recovered 19 grams of methamphetamine, 5 grams of heroin, marijuana, drug pipes, 14 hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.
Based on the evidence and interviews, it appeared Taylor and Flores were involved in the use and sale of drugs.
The woman’s role remains under review. She indicated she had been restrained by Taylor and not allowed to leave the room at one point during their stay.
Taylor has been charged with assault, kidnapping, possession of a narcotic/dangerous drug for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and misconduct involving a weapon. He remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.
Flores was charged with possession of a narcotic/dangerous drug for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, misconduct involving a weapon, and prohibited weapons possessor based on a prior felony conviction. He also remains in custody on a $10,000 bond.