'March on Meth' now a stampede; sheriff's deputies net 20

YAVAPAI COUNTY - July 5, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office identified 13 suspects involved in sales of methamphetamine around Mayer and Cordes Lakes. The investigation, by the Special Crimes Unit, was documented as a "March on Meth." Since that operation, detectives followed up on leads and identified 20 more suspects involved not only in the sale of methamphetamine, but also heroin, cocaine and prescription medications. Communities in these new cases include Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Mayer, Spring Valley, and Cordes Lakes.

Sheriff Mascher intends to make narcotic enforcement a priority utilizing SCU detectives and K9 teams along with ongoing efforts by patrol personnel. The sheriff, with approval from the Partner's Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) board, recently authorized the move of SCU detectives into PANT offices. Housing both specialized units together will allow for an ongoing exchange of intelligence and the ability to combine efforts on manpower intensive cases.

In a majority of the circumstances involving prescription medications sales, detectives learned suspects were obtaining their pills through State funded programs to resell. Any evidence of fraud in this respect was turned over to State authorities for further investigation involving those suspects.

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