Marijuana and firearms seized in Camp Verde drug sales investigation
CAMP VERDE - On Jan. 27, a search warrant was served at home in the 1800 block of Oak Lane in Camp Verde based on tip to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office of marijuana sales from the home. Detectives allegedly found several buckets of packaged marijuana stored in a back yard shed weighing a total of 9 pounds.
Searching the home, detectives found rifles and shotguns along with more marijuana, including a half pound in a bedroom. There were also scales, packaging and other evidence of marijuana sales.
Jason Tressler, 35, was picked up in a nearby restaurant and was returned to the Oak Lane home, where Tressler lives with his wife and children. His mother-in-law, 48-year-old Alta Peterson, and a second woman were also interviewed and eventually released. Peterson had lived in a motor home on the Oak Lane property at the time.
Detectives eventually put together details linking Peterson to the supply of marijuana stored in the back yard shed. She claimed knowledge of marijuana, kept for medical use and stored in the shed, away from her grandchildren. Tressler admitted he had provided marijuana to others for a "donation." Detectives had documented specific marijuana sales in which Tressler was the seller.
By Feb. 15, detectives had enough information to arrest Tressler and charged him with possession of marijuana for sale, possession of deadly weapon in commission of a felony, possession or use of marijuana, and paraphernalia.
Peterson was arrested the same day at the Clear Creek Mobile Home Park on Highway 260. She was charged with possession of marijuana for sale, possession or use of marijuana and paraphernalia.
Both were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center held pending a $25,000 bond.
Silent Witness pays tipsters
YAVAPAI COUNTY-The Silent Witness board, during February, agreed to pay seven successful callers cash rewards for their tips. One was a PANT drug case and the remaining six cases were handled by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
Thanks to the confidential information, a total of 16 suspects were arrested on 65 felony charges and 10 more misdemeanor offenses in Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Prescott Valley, Rimrock, Dewey and Prescott. The charges included burglary, ID theft, auto theft, probation violation, drugs and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Police seized $1,400 worth of stolen property including four rifles as well as illegal drugs worth $38,695, including marijuana, oxycodone pills and methamphetamine.
The successful callers received a total of $3,500.00 in cash rewards.
Recently, Yavapai Silent Witness partnered with Big Picture Video of Prescott producing a new video for TV on the homicide of Cathy Sposito. She was murdered 23 years ago near the base of Thumb Butte Trail, three miles from downtown Prescott. The video will be seen on Cable One Advertising starting in March and is sponsored by Prescott Honda.