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Trafficking investigation results in arrests

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Posted at 4:47 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-06 10:04:04-05

An investigation targeted at methamphetamine and heroin has led to nine arrests by the Sierra Vista Police Department.

Corporal Marco Madrid, spokesperson with the Sierra Vista Police Department says Katlyn Dunn, 25, was stopped by officers on Feb. 3 for a traffic violation.

A K-9 alerted to the presence of a controlled substance in Dunn’s vehicle. The search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine and heroin. She was also in possession of multiple items of paraphernalia and over $1500 in cash, Madrid said.

Dunn was charged with five felonies including the sale of dangerous drugs, sale of narcotic drugs, transportation of dangerous drugs, transportation of a narcotic drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Madrid said.

A search warrant was served at a home on the 300 block of North 1st Street, where Dunn had been seen leaving prior to the traffic stop. 

The search of the home revealed cocaine, marijuana, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia, Madrid said.

Police arrested eight occupants of the home on drug-related charges. 

  • Vernon Hill, 35, charged with possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Tammie Macias, 46, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony warrant
  • Liliana Moreno, 30, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Dennis Hawley, 57, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Richard Banks, 55, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Melissa Amy DeMeritt, 52, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Juanita Laureano, 31, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Enrique Cota-Macias, 22, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia