Payson - On October 31, 2016, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Gila/Navajo County Narcotics Unit and the Payson Police Department served a search warrant at 701 E. Wade Lane, in Payson, Arizona.
After extensive surveillance and observing several illegal drug buys, a search warrant was served on the residence. The Payson Police Department Special Response Unit made entry and secured the property due to safety concerns.
During the warrant, detectives were able to seize approximately 28 grams of methamphetamine, 3.5 grams of heroin, numerous items of paraphernalia indicating drug sales, 5 weapons, $552.00 in US currency, and computers and cell phones.
The following individuals were arrested on numerous drug charges: Jeffery Choate, 52, Andres Caicedo, 35, Leann Knight, 42, Lucas Vanburen, 36, Craig Farmer, 24, Matthew Selig, 40, and Madison Ahlman, 21. The Gila County Sheriff's Office, AZDPS District 11 Highway Patrol and the Tonto-Apache Reservation Police also assisted with this investigation.
“This was a phenomenal investigation that was made possible by multiple agencies working together,” said Lt. Col. Ken Hunter, who oversees the Criminal Investigations Division at AZDPS. “The end result means that the town of Payson will have less illegal drugs on its streets which will contribute to a much safer environment in that community. Those responsible for selling the drugs will also be held accountable for their actions.”