MAGNET arrests 10, halts drug trafficking operation

Left to right: David Andrew Murphy, Heather Dawn Noble, Ryan Carlton O'Sullivan

Left to right: David Andrew Murphy, Heather Dawn Noble, Ryan Carlton O'Sullivan

KINGMAN – The Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, served three search warrants Friday morning, resulting in 10 arrests and disrupting a drug trafficking organization.

The busts dismantled a major source of heroin and methamphetamine in the Kingman area.

After a week-long investigation, two search warrants were executed and resulted in nine arrests.

At about 5:30 a.m., the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant at a home in the 3300 block of Coarra Drive. SWAT teams used a flash bang grenade upon entry, resulting in loud noises that may have awoken neighbors.

MAGNET, with the assistance of the Kingman Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission, conducted a search of the home and found a large quantity of heroin and methamphetamine. A usable quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia was found as well.

Leonard Frank Dietz, 36 of Kingman, was found armed with a handgun and attempting to destroy evidence. He was taken into custody without incident and booked at the into the Mohave County jail on felony charges of possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, misconduct with a weapon, and tampering with evidence.

At about 5:45 a.m., the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant at a home in the 3000 block of Lass Avenue. Eight adults were found and taken into custody.

A joint search between MAGNET and GIITEM found a handgun, a large amount of heroin, cocaine and the associated paraphernalia.

Suspects John Michael Dougherty Jr., Sandra Dougherty, Heather Dawn Noble and John Blackwell Jr. allegedly admitted their involvement in selling methamphetamine and heroin in the community.

Arrested on the following felony charges were:

Sandra Dougherty, 59, of Kingman – Possession of narcotic drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

John Michael Dougherty Jr., 35, of Kingman – Possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ryan O’Sullivan, 30, of Utah – Felony probation violation warrant, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Matthew Doerr, 26, of Kingman – Possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, misconduct with a weapon.

Heather Dawn Noble, 39, of Kingman – Possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, probation violation.

John F. Blackwell Jr., 55, of Kingman – Possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Two more people were arrested for misdemeanor charges.

After a two-month investigation, the third search warrant was served at 10:16 a.m. in the 3700 block of Shaeffer Avenue.

A joint effort between MAGNET, GIITEM and the DEA resulted in the seizure of equipment associated with the sale of drugs.

David Andrew Murphy, 58, of Kingman was arrested and booked into the Mohave County jail on felony charges of conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. A woman was also found and released from the scene.

The investigation remains on going.