VERDE VILLAGE - What began as the service of a warrant for failure to pay child support ended with the arrest of four Verde Valley residents on multiple drug charges Monday.
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies served the warrant at a home on the 3700 block of East Vaquero Lane in Verde Village.
Instead, they ended up arresting four people on multiple drug charges. They include 36-year-old Nathaniel Janes, 37-year-old Jamie Meier, 43-year-old Janice Garcia, and 23-year-old Krystal Gonzales. Gonzales is from Sedona and the remaining suspects are from Cottonwood.
Around 11 a.m. Monday, deputies went to the home to serve an arrest warrant issued to Janes and spotted 29 marijuana plants in plain view outside the residence.
Meier and Garcia were outside on the property and detained. When Janes came outside, he was placed under arrest on the warrant and admitted actively cultivating the marijuana plants.
Janes also showed the deputies larger marijuana plants being grown in an attached storage as well as growing supplies.
Detectives from the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking task force were notified of the grow operation and arrived to assist. Based on the contraband seized by YCSO patrol deputies, PANT detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the property.
It was discovered Meier was in possession of salable amounts of heroin and methamphetamine and he admitted to selling narcotics, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Meier was arrested for possession of narcotic drugs and narcotics drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $4,500 bond, according to the release.
Janes was arrested for the outstanding warrant along with charges of possession of marijuana, production of marijuana, possession of dangerous drugs and dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, narcotics for sale and paraphernalia, as well as misconduct involving weapons. Firearms were found in his bedroom along with marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine. Janes remains in-custody on a $5,300 bond.
As a result of the investigation, Garcia was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia found within the residence. She remains in-custody on a $1,000 bond.
Krystal Gonzalez, who eventually emerged from the home, was found in possession of heroin and arrested for possession of a narcotic drug and remains in custody on $1,000 bond.