17 indicted, 11 arrested in drug takedown

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Parker area streets were teeming with law enforcement agents from federal and local agencies Tuesday as 11 people were taken into custody in short succession over alleged drug trafficking.

A federal grand jury indicted 17 individuals, 11 of whom were arrested, following a coordinated effort to disrupt drug trafficking on the reservation of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. The charges include drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit drug trafficking.

The investigation was spearheaded by the La Paz County Narcotics Task Force, which includes the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado River Indian Tribes Police Department, United States Border Patrol and Drug Enforcement Administration. The Bureau of Indian Affairs provided significant assistance with the investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, and the Parker Police Department also assisted with the operation Tuesday morning.

“For approximately the past year, we have been conducting a series of narcotics-related investigations within the CRIT reservation, including the Town of Parker,” said Lieutenant Curt Bagby of the Task Force. “During these investigations, undercover detectives and confidential informants have been purchasing methamphetamine from several alleged drug dealers in and around the reservation. After making multiple purchases from each target, the Task Force closes out each case by presenting the cases to the Federal Prosecutor’s Office who then sends the paperwork to the Federal Magistrate and issues a warrant for the suspect’s arrest.”

Residents woke up to dozens of armed agents on the streets for the arrests Tuesday morning, with a ‘temporary task force’ assembled to make the arrests and serve the warrants simultaneously.

United States Attorney John S. Leonardo stated, “This joint investigation exemplifies how federal, state, and tribal law enforcement agencies can effectively disrupt drug trafficking activity in Indian Country when they coordinate their resources.”

A spokesperson for the DEA said the federal agency wants to protect areas like CRIT from the dangers associated with meth.

“The DEA is committed to protecting Arizona tribal communities from the dangers of methamphetamine, which undoubtedly scars the person and the community it plagues,” said Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA in Arizona. “Drug traffickers who exploit the tribal community in which they live, to hide from law enforcement, will find no such refuge. DEA Agents, with our state, local, federal, and tribal partners, will pursue, target, and bring those criminals to justice.”

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated. The prosecution is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

“The La Paz County Task Force asks that you please remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” Bagby said. “If you have information regarding any illegal activity please contact your local law enforcement agency or you can call the Task Force directly at (928) 669-9645. You can also send information anonymously at lapazsheriff.org.”

26 comments

  1. Marie Mullins

    Now they can go to quartzsite and get the meth dealers.

  2. Brian Alan

    Now that is a great and,awesome job for the law enforcements

  3. Let’s not forget to give credit to Martin Sholl too. He might go and take all the meth hahah.

  4. Greg Parker

    Drugs and alcohol are such a joke.

  5. Teri Lindsay

    keep going…… get ALL of them……

  6. George, i would but I know that I wouldn’t get mentioned. Lol! Thought ur comment was funny.

  7. Marco Barrett

    They well all be out by next weekend to do the same thing.

  8. what are the names of the peoplwe arrested?

  9. Martin Sholl you have had your “fame” you wanted. You are the laughing stock of Parker and not well loved. Your fame is you’re a ######## and the town of Parker would love for you to return what you stole and then crawl back under the rock yo u came from. Nobody wants to hear from a whiny cry baby who didn’t get what he wanted so he stole it. While you’re under that rock get some help.

  10. Drug use should be a health issue not a criminal issue. How many local and state and fed agencies were involved and this is all they arrested? What a waste of tax payer dollars and human life. Throwing them into a cage will not solve the drug problem. Prohibition does not work. Never has and never will!

  11. Hey Roth you always have something negative to say if you think you have the answers why don’t you stop hiding behind your keyboard and get on the streets and finally make a real difference. I am actually dumber for reading what you wrote. The cops put their lives on the line trying to do good n all you do is criticize. Get a life and get a job.

  12. Lazy American Citizen, maybe you should read a book or two about Prohibition, then maybe you wouldn’t make dumb comments.

    And actually police have one of the safer jobs, firemen, construction workers, tree trimmers are all more dangerous careers and actually produce a benefit for their labor. Modern Law Enforcement is more about generating revenue than protecting and serving.

    I am only on the computer maybe a grand total of an hour, sometimes two hours a day, the rest of the time I AM making a difference in my community. Just ask all of the worthless politicians and Jeff Gilbert how it’s worked out for them trying to run me out of town.

  13. WHY HAVE THE NAMES NOT BEEN RELEASED OF THE 17 VICTIMS TO THIS WAVE OF CRIME THAT OVER TOOK OUR TRIBAL PEOPLE? ARE THEY OK?WERE THEY RELEASED?
    AND WHY IS THERE NAMES NOT MENTIONED WHEN ANYONE ELSES WOULD BE

  14. I AGREE WITH ROTH HE DID NOT SAY SOMETHING NEG YOU DID HE JUST STATED A FACT

  15. The names were not released by the federal attorney in charge of the prosecution. I’ve been told they’re still under seal. I’ll certainly post the names when they get released.

  16. Great job, now do the same in Big River.

  17. Well why haven’t they got the lady from bugriver everyone knows she deals and must be working for them. I bet

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