PAYSON, Utah (ABC4 News) — A drug bust in Utah County ended with five people arrested and drugs worth thousands of dollars seized from a Payson home.
According to arrest records, members of the Utah County Major Crimes Force executed a narcotics search warrant on a residence at 1045 South and 1700 West.
After a complete search of the residence, investigators recovered 155.1 grams of narcotics with a street value of $7,750 to $15,500. According to officers, the drugs were meant for distribution due to the amount of narcotics and drug paraphernalia found.
Police arrested 48-year-old Lamar Scott Grant, 21-year-old Ecmond Salgado-Guzman, 37-year-old Vanessa Arnold, 35-year-old Andrea Mejia-Ramirez, and 22-year-old James Scott Arnold.
According to arrest records, 9.1 grams of narcotics and a digital scale was found on a coffee table near a couch that Grant said he slept on. The drugs have an estimated street value of $450 to $900. Grant has two prior convictions for possession of controlled substances and one prior conviction for manufacturing a controlled substance.
Police found 32.7 grams of narcotics in a bedroom where they found Salgado-Guzman. The estimated street value is $1,630 to $3,260. He has multiple warrants for his arrest, one prior conviction for possession of a controlled substance.
Arrest records indicated that Mejia-Ramirez initially gave officers several false names before she finally told police her real name. Ramirez is a probation fugitive and has several warrants for her arrest along with two prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance.
Police said they located several items of drug paraphernalia inside a room where Vanessa Arnold was found. Vanessa had an active warrant for her arrest.
During the execution of the search warrant, investigators said James Scott Arnold arrived at the residence. Officers searched James and said they found 113.4 grams of methamphetamine inside his jacket pocket which he denied was his. The amount according to investigators carries an estimated street value of $5,670 to $11,340. James has a prior conviction for possession of a controlled substance.
According to police, all five suspects were screened for drugs and tested positive for narcotics. They were booked into the Utah County Jail facing several charges including use or possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.