Probation check leads to drug arrest at motel

The man and woman were located in a room at the Economy Inn with meth and drug paraphernalia and a 3-year-old girl in tow.

By Jon Johnson

SAFFORD – A man wanted for probation violations was arrested and jailed on new drug charges on Tuesday, May 19, after being found in possession of methamphetamine at a local motel.

Jayson Eugene Coy, 36, was arrested and booked into the Graham County Adult Detention Facility on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangerment of a child, and a warrant.

Additionally, a woman who was with Coy, Regan Thompson, 27, was arrested and booked into the jail on charges of endangerment of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a Safford Police report, a probation officer had contacted Coy at the Economy Inn at 225 E. U.S. Highway 70 around 10 a.m. and had located a meth pipe. Coy had an active warrant for his arrest relating to a previous case in 2017 in which he pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. In that case, he pleaded guilty to the paraphernalia charge in exchange for the dismissal of charges including possession of a dangerous drug, and possession of marijuana, and was given a term of probation. However, Coy has had several petitions to revoke his probation, and another petition was filed Tuesday, May 19, as well.  

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Jayson Coy

The probation officer called for an agency assist from the Safford Police Department and, upon arrival, the Safford officer secured both the pipe and a small plastic baggie containing methamphetamine.

Thompson was with Coy in the room and had her 3-year-old daughter with her. The probation officer located a metal lockbox that Thompson advised was hers. Upon opening the box, the probation officer discovered used hypodermic needles and several plastic seals with white and brown residue. The Safford officer noted bruising and apparent track marks on Thompson’s arms and believed the items found in the lockbox could pose a danger to the child.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy GCSO: Regan Thompson

Both Coy and Thompson were taken into custody, and the child was turned over to her father, who was called to the scene.

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