On August 15, 2018, Detectives with the Payson Police Department executed a search warrant at 522 W. Frontier Street. This was a coordinated investigation involving Department of Child Safety. During the investigation, it was believed the occupants were involved in the sales of
methamphetamine and heroin.
Previous to the execution of the search warrant, DCS had removed several children from the suspects. The children ranged from two twin newborns and two one year old toddlers. All the children were scientifically tested and determined to have significant exposures to either methamphetamine or heroin.
During the execution of the search warrant, the residence was found in deplorable conditions which included makeshift electricity, non running water, and an extreme amount of debris. Two dogs were also removed from the residence due to concerns of neglect. One dog required medical evaluation due to a festering leg injury. Inside the residence, useable amounts of methamphetamine and heroin were located including paraphernalia such as pipes and needles.
During the search, Payson Police K9, Wiley, alerted on a junk vehicle located in the front of the residence. A secondary search warrant was obtained for the junk vehicle. During that search, approximately half an ounce of methamphetamine and items associated with drugs sales were located. Also, more heroin was located.
The following subjects were taken into custody; Michael Anthony Thompson (of Payson), Rachel Proctor (of Payson), Jeffrey Lidster (of Payson), and Rissa Houghton (of Payson). Their charges range from Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, multiple counts of Child Abuse (Potential serious injury or Death), Animal Cruelty, drug paraphernalia and Weapons Misconduct.
The children, involved in this matter, are under the supervision of DCS at safe locations. The dogs are under the care of Humane Society. The Police Department would like to thank DCS, the Humane Society, and the Gila County Narcotics Task Force for their response to this incident.