Search warrants net three
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Unit arrested three suspects last Wednesday after two separate search warrants were served.
Michael Vernon Evans, 34, of Camp Verde, was arrested outside a Camp Verde motel when the Yavapai Special Crimes Unit served a search warrant and located him in his vehicle.
Detectives watched Evans allegedly throw a bindle of methamphetamine (1.5 grams) into the bushes as soon as he saw them. He was arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia, interfering with judicial procedure and altering or removing physical evidence.
Late that morning, the Special Crimes Unit served a search warrant at the residence of Edward James Barger, 44, on Camino Baez in Cornville. Barger was in the house along with David C. Ash, 28, of Camp Verde. Ash was allegedly observed with a 16-year-old girl in the process of smoking methamphetamine.
During a search of Barger's home, officers found 115 grams (4.1 ounces) of methamphetamine worth approximately $11,000 and $1,200 in cash, as well as numerous items of drug paraphernalia, according to the report. Detectives also allegedly found items of child pornography.
Outside Barger's house, detectives located a stolen motor home, backhoe, flatbed trailer and upright toolbox. Officers also seized a Mustang, a motorcycle and three computers belonging to Barger.
Barger was charged with four counts of theft, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drugs for sale, child abuse, selling drugs to minors and interfering with a judicial procedure. Possible charges of child pornography are pending.
Ash was arrested and charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drugs for sale, child abuse, selling drugs to minors as well as a hold for a Tempe court warrant.
The 16-year-old girl was released to her parents.
YCSO's 'Aros' busy over Labor Day weekend
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office drug K-9 "Aros" and handler Deputy Shrum assisted with two drug catches this weekend.
On Saturday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office made a traffic stop on a Honda car traveling near Hill View in Cottonwood. The Cottonwood driver, Michael Lee Hill, 25, was found to be driving on a suspended license and, due to his suspicious nature, Aros was brought in to "sniff search" the vehicle.
The trained drug dog alerted on both the driver and passenger doors and led to the discovery of two marijuana cigarettes. Hill subsequently produced 1.6 grams of marijuana, two partially smoked "joints" and three pipes from his residence. He was charged with possession of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license.
On Sunday, a traffic stop on Interstate 17 resulted in the arrest of 55-year-old Darrell Wayne Condit of Anthem after Aros was brought in for a sniff-search of Condit's vehicle. The drug dog was summoned after the deputy allegedly observed a metal lid containing marijuana in plain sight on the seat next to Condit. Aros alerted actively on the driver's door, allowing a search of Condit's vehicle.
Inside was a bindle of methamphetamine, 5.2 grams of marijuana, a metal tin with marijuana residue, a partially smoked marijuana cigarette and rolling papers.
Condit has been charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.
Speed and drugs
Shortly before midnight Saturday, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office made a stop on a vehicle that was clocked traveling on I-17 at 101 mph. The driver, 19-year-old Tarren Michael Sherwood of Cottonwood, showed symptoms of possible impairment and was found to be driving on a suspended license as well as two active warrants from Cottonwood for his arrest. Sherwood was arrested and during the subsequent search he was found to have a marijuana pipe.
A search of Sherwood's vehicle allegedly produced 68 grams of marijuana under the driver's seat and numerous drug paraphernalia under the passenger's seat. He was charged with possession of marijuana for sale, aggravated DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of interfering with judicial procedure.
Sherwood's passenger, Katharine Noel Davenport, 21, of Camp Verde, was also arrested and charged with possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.