The Apache Junction Police Department announced multiple narcotics arrests in the past 3 weeks. AJPD’s Criminal Investigation Division executed multiple search warrants that netted a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as thousands of dollars in US currency and resulted in the arrests of multiple suspects. These investigations are ongoing, and additional arrests may be forthcoming.
On February 21, officers from the Community Resource Enforcement Unit (CREU) were assisted by the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team with the service of a search warrant in the 1500 block of S. Desert View Dr. Two individuals were arrested and charged with the sales of dangerous drugs.
Officers recovered one and one-half (1.5) pounds of suspected methamphetamine, approximately ten (10) oxycodone pills, 2.45 grams of heroin and approximately $6,000 in U. S. currency.
Melissa Hamel (42) was indicted for Dangerous Drug Sales, Using a Building for Drug Sales, Narcotic Drug Possession and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Nathan Reitsma (32) was indicted for Dangerous Drug Sales, Using a Building for Drug Sales and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both suspects were booked into the Pinal County Jail.
On March 1, a search warrant was served at 614 N. Tomahawk Dr. by AJPD CREU, SWAT and Gilbert PD Special Assignment Unit officers. Aaron Miller (26) was indicted with 22 counts of Dangerous Drug Sales/Narcotics Sales and Using a Building for Drug Sales. Alanna Paz-Villanueva (25) was indicted with 11 counts of Dangerous Drug Sales/Narcotics Sales, Using a Building for Drug Sales and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Law Enforcement officers seized one (1) ounce of heroin, Forty-four (44) Xanax and one-quarter (.25) gram of methamphetamine, along with two (2) firearms.
The Apache Junction Police Department continuously strives to maintain its mission to keep the community a safe place to work and live. If you have information about activity you believe is suspicious, please do not hesitate to contact them to investigate.