Two arrested for possession, distribution of drugs

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CHINO VALLEY - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On August 27, 2009, detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Unit (SCU) served a search warrant at a residence in the 1300 block of Prescott Drive, Chino Valley. Detectives were also assisted by officers from the Chino Valley Police Department. SCU detectives had confirmed the ongoing sale of methamphetamine from the location during controlled purchases of the drug.

Prior to the service of the warrant, a vehicle seen leaving the location was stopped. The vehicle contained three occupants including a passenger identified as 30-year-old Mark Lofton, also a suspect in the investigation. Lofton initially gave a false name to officers who recovered a methamphetamine pipe in his possession. Lofton was arrested and returned to the Prescott Drive home.

Detectives then entered the home and contacted 50-year-old resident Dawne Billotti. During a search of the home, detectives found a lock box under a bed in the master bedroom. After forcing the box open, detectives seized approximately 5 grams of methamphetamine, a digital scale, measuring spoon, snort tubes, and empty bindles.

Detectives also confiscated 2 cell phones and reviewed cell phone text messages documenting several buyers arranging drugs deals with Lofton and Billotti.

Both suspects were transported to, and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. Lofton and Billotti were each charged with Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Use of a Communication Device in a Drug Transaction and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. ?