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AZ Attorney General: 17 people indicted in drug trafficking ring

KINGMAN, A.Z. (KVOA) - On Monday, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that a State Grand Jury has indicted 17 people in relation to a drug trafficking ring.

The Arizona Attorney Generals Office said they were indicted for one count of Conspiracy, one count of Illegally Conducting an Enterprise, and various counts of Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Methamphetamine for Sale, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Heroin for Sale in an Amount Over the Statutory Threshold, Transportation of a Narcotic Drug, Heroin for Sale in an Amount Over the Statutory Threshold, Transportation of Dangerous Drugs, Methamphetamine for Sale Over the Statutory Threshold, and Money Laundering.

The following people were indicted according to the Arizona Attorney Generals Office; Austreberto Acoltzi-Bautista, Edwin Mauricio Sosa-Castro, Charlie Sanches Vasquez, Kandrea Joy Jacobs, Richard Alan Chipman III, Patrick Laverne Holmes, Patricia Lynn Haught, Evelyn Alberta Widen, Rudolph Gonzales, Casey Ryan Lashorne, Russell James Boslett, Tonia Marie Ralph aka Tonia Marie Fulkerson, Sean Amos Madison Johnson, Willard Wayland Campbell III, Kaitlin Sierra Snow, Cynthia Marie Stojevich, and  Mark Kevin Armstrong.

According to the indictment, they are accused of being part of a drug trafficking organization responsible for distributing methamphetamine and heroin in Kingman, Bullhead City, Dolan Springs and Golden Valley, Arizona.

The Arizona Attorney Generals Office said in a news release that throughout the investigation, agents seized 120 pounds of methamphetamine, 2 pounds of heroin, 38 guns and approximately $500,000 in cash.

The Arizona Attorney Generals Office said the charges are based on an investigation conducted by the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, an initiative of the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Arizona Financial Crimes Taskforce, which is made up of members from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Phoenix Police Department.

Alexis Berdine

Alexis Berdine is an Investigative Multi-Media Journalist at KVOA.

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