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8/15/2013 2:58:00 PM
Raid scoops up 18 for weapons, drug charges
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A pipe bomb and a sawed-off shotgun were among the illegal items seized Thursday when a multi-agency undercover investigation dubbed Operation Street Sweeper concluded with a pre-dawn raid that targeted Mohave County's "worst of the worst."

More than 60 law enforcement officers from federal, state and local agencies took part in the raid, which occurred simultaneously throughout Mohave County, although most of the warrants were executed in the Greater Kingman area, according to Kingman Police Chief Robert DeVries.

For seven months, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and members of the county's multi-jurisdictional Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team carried out undercover operations in which they purchased 78 firearms, including 27 that were stolen, and several sawed-off shotguns.

Also reportedly purchased were 66 explosive blasting caps, several thousand rounds of ammunition and 88 grams of methamphetamine.

Armed with 26 arrest warrants, officers took 18 people into custody and continue to look for 8 more who were not home when the raid unfolded.

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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: meanwhile, again .....

@too hot.....simple, Simon: some of those arrested locally with blasting caps, etc. probably have delusions of patriotism (I'm suggesting there may be more to this than just drugs). If they don't, other militia-types here do. And I'm not convinced they're all healthy or sound. In Ireland, suggestions have it that Sinn Fein sold out to the British at the 1999 peace agreement (money, and positions at Stormont, talk), so that historic grievances over British rule in Northern Ireland are now remanded to increasingly splintered and unstable groups. Faced with this, the British built sophisticated surveillance/monitoring towers atop Ireland's highest hills - with the particular intention of preventing Omagh-type car bombings (that tragedy nearly wrecked the 1999 agreement). Being the suspicious type, I think Mt. Hualapai's equipment is devoted, at least in part, to some monitoring of citizens, as well. The world is a complicated place. You don't want to let it drive you crazy, but alternatively, I don't suggest the mentality of a simpleton towards it.

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: too hot


What in the world are you talking about?

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: the conservative

@Thai Mai Shu
I have to assume that the Police and MCSO both have all the money and staff they want, if not they would understand that not everyone must drive around in a truck/SUV/full size car to do their job. Until frivolous things like driving a vehicle that gets less than 30MPG are no longer the norm, I will always be against any form of budget increase for both of these departments. Law enforcement rarely has to chase down vehicles at high speed and rarely needs any off-road vehicles. Most officers could accomplish their jobs using compact cars, yet instead the departments purchase $40k-$60k vehicles and burn another $21k in fuel. It is a waste that should be stopped and revenue diverted into compensation for officers.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: meanwhile .....

rocket launchers and antitank weapons were seized in Northern Ireland last week in a (British/R.U.C.) crackdown on Oglaigh na hEirann, an IRA breakaway. Which came first - those towers and antennaes on top of Mount Hualapai, or the ones built by the British atop Northern Ireland's highest hills? I'd like to express support for healthy dissent, but neither the meth/blasting caps here nor bombings such as at Omagh there seem all that healthy. So does that mean we're left with government which lies to us always, destroys all we worked for, and hides behind euphemisms? I know, I know - it's Mohave County and back to leftie-rightie drivel. And they're watching every syllable, every dereliction.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: L J

Thai Mai Shu, If you read (found online) Mohave County Needs Assessment Prepared by MSTEPP prehaps it will change your opinon?
The forward to this report was written by MCSO
Tom Sheahan. It clearly states we have one of the worst substance abuse problems in Az. with our courts backlogged with drug related cases! Unlike your suggestion that the Supervisor's wear 45's the report does indicate and shows what is needed from the BOS!

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

LJ, take a deep breath and relax before you blow a blood vessel.

Sure we have crime here in Mohave County but you seem to expect the BOS and the City Councils to strap on the old 45 and start policing the community themselves. Not going to happen.

The courts are over loaded with nickel and dime petty offences and people sue each other at the blink of an eye these days so it's only going to get worse.

Considering the size of the sheriff and police departments and the money they have, things aren't so bad.

Oh by the way....the letter about eating out of the dumpster was pure rhetoric, not true.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Linda ziniel

I just want to thank all the men and women that protect our community. With out you we wouldn't be safe to go out of our homes. Again thank you for all you sacrifice.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: L J

Drug abuse is a major problem in Kingman & Mohave County and along with that comes crime. Our court system is back logged with murder cases the safety of our community is at risk.a letter found in the Miner people eating out of trash dumpster! All of this and not a single word from any of our elected officals? But let a good ole boy rancher have a concern about wolfs and it gets immediate attention while drugs, crime are running though
our streets exposed to our children. These problems yes, are in others areas,but we don't care about other areas, only this one. It's our home, it's where we live and time has come to confront the BOS & City Council and ask just what the hell they plan on doing to protect the safety our families!

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: G Ma


Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: guess what nieghborhood

I would be willing to bet most of these law breakers were picked up on those streets we see mentioned over and over again in the miners mohave 911 section.

Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Makes one wonder is this the secession movement, birther movement, revolutionary movement para-military wing in Mohave County, was their insanity crystal meth fueled lunacy!

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