5 Butte County men arrested in Arizona on drug charges

Oct 28, 2014 7:31 PM by News Staff

Authorities in Arizona arrested five Butte County men for allegedly transporting nearly 20 pounds of marijuana through the state.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Kiefer Ryan Carter, 19, Wayne Abey, 18, and Ryan Scott Rash, 27, all of Chico, were pulled over by a deputy on Wednesday October 22. The driver, Carter, was found to have a suspended license, and when the men were asked where they were going they reportedly gave conflicting information.

The deputy called a K9 to sniff the car and it alerted to the smell of drugs, but as the search was going on Rash fled across four lanes of a major highway on foot. Sheriff's deputies found 19 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle and took Carter and Abey into custody.

At the same time the stop and search of the three Chico men was going on, sheriff's deputies pulled over a Honda Civic just ten miles away. A short investigation revealed the occupants of the Civic were connected to the Chico residents.

Investigators say the three men in the Civic, Richard Lee, 33, of Durham; David Brawley, 32, of Paradise; and Charles Robertson, 30, of Visalia, were using a walkie-talking to communicate with Carter, Abey and Rash and had 3 grams of methamphetamine in the vehicle.

Lee, Brawley and Robertson were arrested and face charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Following the five arrests Yavapai County authorities initiated an extensive search for Rash. He was found hiding in construction equipment a short time later.

All six suspects remain in custody in the Yavapai County Jail.


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