Supply of Pills recovered during Booking Search
Cottonwood AZ (July 1, 2020) – On June 25, 2020, around 7:45 PM, 44-year-old Jerry Allen was arrested in the 900 block of South Main Street, Cottonwood, and charged with 3 counts of Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sales, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Promoting Prison Contraband. He was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center and has been released on a $10,000 bond.
Over the past several weeks, detectives from Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT), developed information that Allen was involved in the ongoing sales of Fentanyl. On June 25, 2020, Allen was stopped for a moving violation by Cottonwood Police Officers in Cottonwood and PANT detectives were notified. Allen was arrested based on the probable cause obtained after confirming his participation in the sale of fentanyl. He denied possession of any drugs on his person or in his vehicle.
During follow up, Allen claimed he did not use or sell fentanyl. After detectives confronted him with evidence of sales, he admitted personal use of fentanyl daily over the last few months and occasional sales of the pills which he obtains from sources in Phoenix. An initial review of phone records indicated Allen was purchasing several hundred dollars’ worth of fentanyl from the Phoenix source.
Allen was transported to the Camp Verde Detention Center and during booking, he read and signed a notice warning that taking/possessing drugs/contraband into the jail is a violation known as Promoting Prison Contraband. During a pre-body scanner screening of Allen at the jail, detention officers recovered a bindle baggie containing 73 fentanyl pills secreted in his rectum. As a result, Allen was charged with Promoting Prison Contraband.
The number of pills seized along with several hundred dollars in Allen’s possession further substantiated Allen’s involvement in drug sales.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov