Three arrested after drug investigation
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SIERRA VISTA — Three people, including a suspected heroin dealer, have been arrested on drug and weapons charges following an investigation by the Sierra Vista Police Department.
John Paul Hester, 32, Lorne W. Klokeid, 41, and Marrissa Lynn Carringer, 20, were arrested after a search warrant was served at an apartment in the 2300 block of East Wilcox Drive on Thursday.
Detectives with the department’s Community Response Team had been conducting surveillance on the apartment the day before, during which time they witnessed several people entering and leaving the apartment, staying only for a short time.
At one point, detectives conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after its two occupants had left the apartment. The two men admitted to recently smoking heroin and were ultimately arrested on drug charges.
This incident, in addition to information gathered in previous investigations, led police to obtain a search warrant for the apartment, according to a probable cause statement submitted with the arrest of the three suspects.
During a search of the apartment, investigators found syringes, foil with burnt residue, a digital scale and other items indicative of the use and sale of drugs. A loaded handgun was also found inside.
Carringer and Klokeid, who were inside the apartment at the time, were placed under arrest and taken into custody.
That same day, detectives made contact with Hester after he was seen leaving a local motel for pending charges in another case.
Previous surveillance of the apartment on Wilcox has shown that Hester had been staying there.
A search of his person pursuant to the arrest revealed seven grams of a black tar substance believed to be heroin. Also on his person were several small plastic baggies, a digital scale and a loaded handgun reported stolen to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.
All three have been booked into the Cochise County Jail.
Hester was arrested on charges of transportation of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, misconduct involving weapons and possession of drug stolen property.
Klokeid was arrested on charges of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy for the sale of narcotic drugs and misconduct involving weapons.
Carringer was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was corrected on Dec. 24 to clarify the gun was reported stolen to the Sheriff’s office, not from the Sheriff’s Department.
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