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Police raid suspected drug house in Safford

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SAFFORD — In the last days of May, law enforcement officers searching a Safford home reputedly used by drug dealers made one arrest and found several reportedly stolen items.

It was not the first arrest connected with the residence at 1312 S. 1st Ave., at which numerous items of drug paraphernalia and small amounts of meth and marijuana were reportedly found in the search.

On May 5, Shawn Goodrum, 22, was arrested by the Safford Police after leaving the residence. Heroin and other drugs were reportedly found in Goodrum’s vehicle, along with drug paraphernalia. multiple firearms and stolen credit cards. He was booked into the Graham County Jail on a range of drug charges, weapons misconduct and a warrant. (Read full story at https://www.eacourier.com/news/traffic-stop-nets-drugs-guns-and-stolen-property/article_eb3188c4-72b0-11e9-9f07-ebf2b58ddac3.html.)

On May 20, a suspected drug buy at the home led to the arrest of Cassandra Medina, 29, for driving under the influence, resisting arrest, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. Earlier that month, responding to reports of heavy foot and vehicle traffic at the residence, Safford Police had spoken to Medina and the homeowner, identified in a police report as Manny Rodriguez. According to the report, Rodriguez and Medina denied any drug activity there.

When Safford Police caught up to Medina’s vehicle after the possible drug transaction, she initially refused to get out of the vehicle. Medina, the suspected buyer, allegedly dropped a plastic baggie with drug residue on the ground, then denied knowledge of it. Placed under arrest after field sobriety tests, Medina reportedly tried to pull away from officers and had to be taken to the ground.

According to the report, a bag of meth and $340 in cash were found in Medina’s pockets. Her purse reportedly contained a second bag of the drug and a loaded meth pipe. A new microwave oven still in its box and several women’s tops with price tags attached were also found in the vehicle. Medina said she bought the microwave legally but reportedly could not say where. She was booked into jail for DUI, resisting arrest, possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After other subjects with histories of drug charges were seen at 1312 S. 1st Ave., and reports Rodriguez was a dealer came in, a “no knock” warrant for the residence, Rodriguez and his vehicle was obtained. It was served on Sunday, May 30.

Officers from the Safford and Thatcher police and Graham County Sheriff’s Office went to the residence that night. Rodriguez and his vehicle were nowhere to be found, but five subjects were detained. An apparently stolen purse and hunting knife were found inside, and a flatbed trailer reported stolen from Pinal County was in the yard. The trailer was later turned over to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office for eventual return to its owner.

The house also allegedly contained numerous items of drug paraphernalia and small amounts of meth and marijuana.

A man identified as Brandon Ferguson, 38, was arrested and booked for possession of drug paraphernalia after a meth pipe was found in his pocket. Ferguson allegedly faked a seizure, a deception discovered by paramedics, and later said the pipe was “probably” his. Ferguson was on probation at the time, according to the police report.

A 17-year-old male who reportedly tried to flee the house was also detained and allegedly admitted owning a meth bong and marijuana pipe found inside. He was transported to Graham County Juvenile Probation.

A syringe and a quantity of meth were reportedly found in a purse wallet belonging to a woman identified as McKenzie Sanders. She and the other two subjects, identified as Joseph Lujan and Dominik Olivero, were released at the scene pending charges. The police report was forwarded to the Graham County Attorney’s Office.

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