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NACFD firefighter arrested on suspicion of producing, possession of dangerous drugs

Law enforcement reports that approximately 40 pounds of raw DMT product was located inside the residence in the 3900 block of Walleck Ranch Drive, and was actively being processed at the time the search warrant was executed. (Photo by Travis Rains/Daily Miner)

Law enforcement reports that approximately 40 pounds of raw DMT product was located inside the residence in the 3900 block of Walleck Ranch Drive, and was actively being processed at the time the search warrant was executed. (Photo by Travis Rains/Daily Miner)

KINGMAN - Detectives with the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET) Friday arrested Alexander Van Muchow, 29 of Kingman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District, on felony charges of Manufacturing Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Chemicals and Equipment to Manufacture Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, and Possession of Dangerous Drugs, according to a police press release.

MAGNET detectives, with the assistance of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, Kingman Police Department’s EOD/HAZMAT team, Department of Homeland Security (HSI) and the United States Postal Inspector’s office executed a search warrant at an address in the 3900 block of Walleck Ranch Drive.

During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located an alleged active clandestine laboratory. The residence had equipment and chemicals to produce and manufacture dimethyltryptamine(DMT), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), mescaline and psilocybin mushrooms, the release said.

Approximately 40 pounds of raw DMT product was located inside the residence and was actively being processed at that time the search warrant was being executed, approximately 100 LSD tabs, over one pound of psilocybin mushrooms and well over 100 Peyote and San Pedro cacti in different stages of growth and processing. This number of drugs has a potential street value of over $3.5 million.

Some of the items were already prepackaged for distribution across the country. The Arizona Department of Public Safety Clandestine Laboratory Team responded with a HAZMAT cleanup crew to assist in the investigation and cleanup of the clandestine laboratory.

According to police, Muchow was booked on a $100,000 bond and was bailed out today by Travin Jacob Pennington.

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