Investigation reveals he may have started a Native American church to justify selling illegal psychedelics
Camp Verde AZ (February 10, 2021) – On February 2, 2021, detectives from Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT), a multi-agency task force, arrested Adam Dearmon, 49, of Camp Verde with multiple drug offenses after $30,000 worth of Mescaline, a psychedelic drug found in Peyote, was discovered inside his home.
This arrest comes after an intensive investigation conducted in partnership with PANT, YCSO and the Camp Verde Marshal’s Office. The investigation revealed Dearmon was running a large-scale illegal drug business out of his home located in the 400 block of West Angus Drive in Camp Verde.
“I would like to personally commend the incredible investigative work conducted by PANT and the other participating agencies. The successful outcome of these cases has a huge impact on the safety of our community,” said Corey Rowley, Camp Verde Marshal. “The positive teamwork and relationship we have with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office shows in these types of cases. Our officers and support staff who participated in this search warrant can be proud of the success in making Camp Verde a safer place.”
Dearmon’s operation included having packages of Mescaline shipped from Peru to his home. During the search of the residence, investigators found 8.9 pounds of Mescaline, 427 live Peyote Cacti, 83 Marijuana Plants, 29 pounds of dry Peyote, 59 pounds of processed Marijuana, 5 pounds of Psilocybin Mushrooms, and 7 LSD tabs. There were many other substances found inside the residence and detectives are working on identifying those substances. Investigators learned the suspect may have started a Native American Church to justify selling psychedelic drugs.
“Individuals exploiting sacred Native American rituals to illegally sell massive amounts of psychedelics and other drugs in our community will be held accountable,” said Sheriff David Rhodes. “I’m proud that we could partner with multiple agencies to help arrest Dearmon and keep our community safe.”
Adam Dearmon was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges of Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale (Mescaline and mushrooms), Possession of Dangerous Drugs (LSD), Cultivating Marijuana, Possession of Peyote for Sale, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
In addition, 48-year-old Tiffany Michelle Smith, who lives with Dearmon, faces similar charges for being involved in the operation. Dearmon and Smith were released February 3rd on a $10,000 bond.