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Traffic stop leads to meth/firearm seizure, arrests


David Everitt Jr.


Dustin Perley

Two Arizona residents were arrested for various drug charges following a traffic stop on north I-17 near Cordes Lakes Thursday, Sept. 6, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) news release.

Those arrested were 38-year-old Dustin Perley from Phoenix and 48-year-old David Everitt Jr. from Clarkdale.

The arrest occurred around 11 p.m. when a YCSO deputy pulled over a U-Haul-marked GMC Sierra pick-up truck for several moving violations. Ann Duffy, 38, from Phoenix was driving and a 15-year-old girl was in the passenger seat. Everitt and Perley were seated in the truck bed.

Duffy told the deputy they were heading to Prescott even though they were already past the correct exit, YCSO reported. A record check showed Duffy’s out of state license was suspended. Even after she was issued a citation for this, she remained unusually nervous, YCSO reported.

As the deputy probed further, Duffy admitted to carrying syringes used to inject meth, and a marijuana pipe in her purse, YCSO reported. Perley also admitted to there being a meth pipe in the glove box. Deputies recovered the paraphernalia from Duffy’s purse.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies opened a shoe box and found a ‘Gillette’ brand hide-a-can containing more than 22 grams of meth packed in several individual baggies, YCSO reported. Hide-a-cans are commonly used to conceal valuables or contraband in a hidden compartment accessible by unscrewing their bottoms. Such containers can be disguised as just about anything, including soda bottles, canned food or cleaning products.

A scale, meth pipe and nearly 60 baggies were also seized from the box, indicating illicit drug sales, YCSO reported. The shoe box logo and size marked on the box matched the brand of shoes Perley was wearing at the time.

In the bed of the truck, deputies found several grams of marijuana along with a .357 magnum pistol in a suitcase belonging to Everitt, who is a convicted felon and not permitted to possess firearms, YCSO reported. Several rounds of ammunition were also found.

Everitt was charged with possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, prohibited possessor in possession of firearm, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $15,000 bond.

Perley was charged with possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also remains in-custody on a $15,000 bond.

Duffy was cited for suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As for the 15-year-old, deputies contacted her legal guardian and filed a report with the department of child safety regarding the incident.

— The Daily Courier


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