4 Phoenix-area residents arrested at Yavapai County rave

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WILHOIT, Ariz. -- Several Valley residents were arrested on drug charges after Yavapai County sheriff's deputies responded to a rave near Wilhoit on Saturday.

According to the sheriff's office, more than 450 partygoers were present at the large outdoor rave event that included multiple camp sites and disc jockeys playing very loud music.

Noise complaints continued throughout the rave, which began Friday, and deputies were called to assist Forest Service personnel Saturday evening.

"Party organizers had already ignored several warnings from law enforcement officers to reduce the volume of amplified music," sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said in a news release.

During a patrol of the area, deputies noticed a 17-year-old male cutting lines in a white powdery substance using an identification card. D'Evelyn said he was detained and the powder tested positive for cocaine.

The teen was booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center for possession of dangerous drugs.

The juvenile provided information on the seller, who was eventually located and detained. The seller, also a 17-year-old male, was found in possession of cocaine.

He was arrested and booked at the Prescott Juvenile Detention Center on multiple counts involving possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both 17-year-olds are from Phoenix.

D'Evelyn said deputies smelled a strong marijuana odor coming from the seller's tent and located several drug paraphernalia items, including spoons, scales, baggies and bongs, along with marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and mushrooms. 

The seller's girlfriend, Kaitlin McLain, 19, of Scottsdale, was inside the tent. She was arrested and faces multiple counts involving possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center and has since been released on a $2,000 bond.

As deputies were investigating those in possession of drugs, Everett Dunlap, 24, of Glendale, approached to warn them of "baby rattlesnakes" in the area, according to D'Evelyn.

Deputies detained Dunlap and discovered he was in possession of more than 100 Ecstasy pills, methamphetamine, LSD and numerous individual packages containing cocaine.

Dunlap was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. He faces charges including possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and misconduct involving weapons.

Dunlap remains in custody on a $5,000 bond.

Wilhoit is approximately 100 miles northwest of Phoenix.