Recent cases highlighted in this release:
The Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking Task Force (PANT) has been investigating narcotics cases involving fentanyl over the last several months. Detectives understand the urgency to keep this poison out of our communities and will continue these efforts unabated. The following information documents recent fentanyl arrests and seizures made by PANT with the goal of preventing overdoses and deaths in Yavapai County. Each of these cases was based out of the illegal sale and distribution of fentanyl. PANT is thankful for the cooperation and assistance of our local law enforcement partners as well and urges the community to stay vigilant by reporting users and dealers to Yavapai Silent Witness at 1800-932-3232. Dealers beware, PANT and its law enforcement partners will find, arrest and prosecute you. The community will not tolerate the pain and suffering caused by your actions. Significant progress had been made regarding several recent investigations-updates will follow.
Rick Arellano and Lester Suter, both 19 and from Prescott Valley, were arrested on June 7, 2018, following a death investigation involving an 18-year-old male. The deceased resided on Leigh Drive in Prescott Valley. PANT detectives connected Arellano and Suter to the sale of fentanyl laced pills involving the victim. More than 50 pills were recovered during the investigation. The Medical Examiner report indicated the victim’s death involved ‘combined drug intoxication’ to include fentanyl. This case is ongoing. Both have been released pending possible court action.
21-year-old Clayton Yost from Prescott Valley was arrested after a pursuit that began in Prescott Valley on October 4, 2018. He was eventually detained by Prescott Valley Police Officers near the Prescott Country Club. He had thrown a back pack which found and searched. It contained more than 100 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 100 grams plus of marijuana, 28 grams of cocaine, 73 (2) mg Xanax in two separate baggies, and 228 blue pills marked M30, Oxycodone. The blue pills were confirmed to contain fentanyl – see above photo.
Yost was booked on numerous drug related charges and remains in-custody on a $50,000 bond.
On October 26, 2018, 28-year-old Spencer Pool and 23-year-old Monique Aranicibia, both from Prescott, were arrested for Possession of Fentanyl following a traffic stop on State Routes 69 and 169.
Background - PANT detectives developed information Pool was bragging about the sales of fentanyl laced pills he obtains in the valley and sells in the Prescott area. A suspect vehicle was identified as a gray Nissan Cube SUV and was spotted on October 26, 2018, at the indicated location. The eventual search revealed 5 fentanyl laced pills along with a piece of tin foil containing a burnt pill on it. Pool later admitted ‘smoking’ the pill while driving. Both were booked on charges including Possession of a Narcotic Drug (fentanyl) and Possession of Paraphernalia. They have since been released pending court action.
PANT detectives received information that 41-year-old Christopher Livernois from Chino Valley was in possession of a large amount of illicit drugs. Detectives located Livernois leaving a Prescott area bar near 6th street in a silver passenger car. Detectives searched a backpack in the vehicle and found 2 grams of methamphetamine and a pill container with 55 blue pills marked M30 – later identified a mimic pills laced with fentanyl.
Livernois was booked on charges including Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Narcotic Drugs for Sale and he remains in-custody on a $25,000 bond.
It has been confirmed 2 grams of fentanyl power were found at this home on East Tee Time Court in Cornville:
On October 22, 2018, around 4:30 PM, deputies were dispatched to the 5900 block of E Tee Time Court in Cornville. Medical personnel were already on scene and treating 30-year-old Kaila Van Orden for a possible heroin overdose. Kaila was initially found passed out in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with her 9-year-old daughter present.
Deputies learned that Kaila arrived at the E Tee Time Court home and went inside with her daughter who later found her inside a bathroom holding a syringe. Kaila’s daughter told deputies she became very upset and both walked outside to get into their car. Kaila then fell ‘asleep’ according to her daughter who did not have initial concern because she has seen this happen to her mom before following drug usage. A short time later she could not wake her mom and this frightened her, so she ran back into the house and alerted a couple of people inside. Those 2 were later identified as 30-year-old Rachel Fools and 33-year-old Adam Hale, both residents at the location. Neither Rachel or Adam could also awaken Kaila, so they called 911. Medical personnel arrived and were able to revive Kaila pending transportation to the Verde Valley Medical Center.
A search of Kaila’s vehicle revealed quantities of meth and heroin. 2 syringes were seized from Kaila’s jacket before she was transported to the hospital. The Department of Child Safety was notified and Kaila’s daughter was released to the custody of a relative.
Due to the apparent heroin overdose, detectives from the Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) task force were notified. Detectives indicated they already had information and confirmation of illegal drug sales involving Rachel and Adam at this home and as a result, sought and obtained a search warrant. Inside the home, detectives found a usable quantity of methamphetamine in Rachel and Adam’s bedroom along with a syringe loaded with heroin. Numerous additional syringes, drug packaging and a scale were also located. Both denied providing heroin to Kaila and claimed they did not know she injected the narcotic inside their home.
Rachel and Adam were arrested and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center, each on charges including Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Narcotic Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both have since been released pending further court action.
Following release from the hospital, Kaila Van Orden was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on October 25, 2018, on charges including Possession of a Controlled Substance, Endangerment and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She is held without bond related to a probation violation.