*** On September 9, 2018, Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (P.A.N.T.) Detectives arrested 38-year-old Bryan Scott McLaren Jr. on Badger Springs Road near Interstate 17 in Yavapai County. McLaren was found transporting 61 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle intended for sales. Over the past several weeks, detectives received information regarding methamphetamine sales in the Chino Valley area involving McLaren who was known to transport meth from Phoenix for sales in Chino Valley and vicinity.
Background - Around 10 PM on September 9, 2018, YCSO K9 deputies stopped McLaren in his tan colored Chevrolet Silverado truck on Badger Springs Road near I17. A K9 deployment for an exterior sniff of the vehicle resulted in a positive alert and the discovery of drug paraphernalia in the cab. In the bushes next to the truck, K9 deputies located more than 61 grams of meth which McLaren eventually admitted he tossed as deputies approached. PANT detectives were called to the scene. McLaren acknowledged using and selling meth which he bought in Phoenix. Detectives also found a small quantity of heroin.
McLaren was booked on charges including Sales and Possession of a Controlled Substance and remains in-custody on a $2500 bond.
*** On September 11, 2018, PANT detectives served a search warrant at an apartment in the 800 block of Sunset Avenue, Prescott, after developing facts surrounding narcotics sales. The investigation resulted in the arrest of 31-year-old Samuel Costello, 27-year-old Audrey Weatherby, 37-year-old Dustin Girard, and 27-year-old Samantha Howard on various drug/narcotic charges.
Background – Around 12:30 PM, Costello and Weatherby were observed leaving the residence in Costello's vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted and both were detained during that time pursuant to the search warrant. During a consensual vehicle search, Weatherby was found to be in possession of a lighter with heroin caked on it and she was arrested. While the traffic stop was underway, additional PANT Detectives served the search warrant at the Sunset Avenue apartment. Girard and Howard were contacted inside the apartment in an upstairs bedrooms.
Inside of Girard and Howard’s room, approximately 35 grams of heroin was located in various packaging along with approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine. Numerous syringes and foils with heroin residue were found in that room along with a digital scale. Girard’s phone was located in the room and contained text messages from buyers seeking to purchase heroin. Girard admitted to selling heroin to as many as 10 people a week, and Howard admitted that she had spent the night in the room with Girard. Both subjects admitted to using heroin the night before and ‘pay/owe’ sheets were found documenting drug sales.
Inside of Costello's room, approximately 8 grams of heroin was found inside a safe packaged for sales. Loaded and used syringes (see photo) were found in Costello's room along with a digital scale. Costello later admitted that he sold heroin recently and Audrey admitted that she had used heroin at the apartment earlier that day.
Charging occurred as follows during booking into the Camp Verde Detention Center:
Costello - Possession of Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drug and Paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond
Weatherby – Possession of a Controlled Substance/Paraphernalia. She is held without bond due to other pending court matters.
Girard - Possession of Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drug and Paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $20,000 bond.
Howard – Possession/Use of Narcotic Drug. She remains in-custody on $1500 bond.
*** On September 12, 2018, 61-year-old Freddie Gonzalez was charged with Possession of Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drug and Paraphernalia. He remains in-custody on a $3500 bond.
Over the past few weeks, PANT detectives received information about ongoing heroin sales from a home in the 17000 block of E Meadow Lane, Spring Valley. Detectives learned resident Gonzalez was purchasing heroin in Phoenix for resale from his home during numerous weekly transactions.
On September 11, 2018, Gonzalez was contacted following a traffic stop on I17 near Black Canyon City. Heroin residue and narcotic pills were seized. Gonzalez was arrested and detectives developed additional information regarding heroin stashed and being sold in the Meadow Lane home. As a result, detectives obtained a search warrant for the home which was served the following day, September 12.
During a search of the home, detectives found more than 44 grams of heroin (see photo), a gram of methamphetamine, a digital scale and large box of hypodermic syringes. Investigation is ongoing.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov