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Drugs, warrants result in arrest

February 26, 2011

HOLBROOK – A resident of Paso Robles, Calif., was stopped near Holbrook at about midnight Feb. 6, when a license plate check revealed he had a felony arrest warrant issued.

A Navajo County Major Crimes detective conducted the traffic stop which led to the arrest of Jason F. Heiden, 28, on numerous felony charges. Searching his vehicle, deputies found 42 grams of heroin, a pound of marijuana, $26,311 in currency and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

MCAT detectives conducted an investigation into the currency that Heiden was in possession of by using the LeadsOnLine System implemented by the Navajo County Sheriff's Department in May of 2010. The nationwide database tracks items pawned or sold to pawn shops that may have been stolen or used in a crime. Heiden was identified as trafficking in stolen property from California that was recently pawned in Las Vegas. MCAT notified the proper law enforcement agency in California. Detectives traveled from that agency to review the evidence and interview Heiden.

Heiden had been arrested and booked into Navajo County Jail on a felony warrant, possession of stolen property, burglary, elder abuse, grand theft, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, criminal damage, transport of narcotic drugs, transport of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Feb. 16, Heiden was still being held in Navajo County Jail with a no-bond hold as well as an additional hold from California.

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