Dec 302014

By Linda Kor

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office has had a record year of seizing illegal drugs throughout the county. According to a report by the Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT), more than 2,183 pounds of marijuana with a street value of more than $2.9 million were seized. That total is equal to nearly one million dosage units.

“I think it’s important to note how many dosages this involves. When you see how many doses, you get an idea of how many people would have been using these drugs,” stated Lt. Randy Moffitt. In addition to the packaged marijuana, 102 plants valued at $876,378 were seized. The combined street value of nearly $4 million was twice that of the year before.

The methamphetamine seized was more than four times the amount seized over last year. A total of 177 pounds with a street value of more than $2.4 million was taken. That breaks down to 80,138,871 doses.

Nearly 14 pounds of heroin with a value of $388,096 was confiscated. That breaks down to 6,251 doses. That was a little more than a pound over the previous year, but the street value has more than doubled.

There was less cocaine seized this year, seven pounds valued at $90,069 compared to 12 pounds last year, with 27 units of ecstasy valued at $405 seized. MCAT seized more than five pounds of hashish valued at $43,706, which was about five times more than was seized last year.

It was also noted that 299 dosage units of illegally obtained prescription drugs valued at $3,781 were seized.

“This year has been the biggest for drug seizures I’ve seen in my entire career,” said Moffitt.

“It involved a multitude of factors but a lot of it was about thinking outside of the box. There are a lot of unusual places to hide drugs, and the deputies and officers know where to look and what to look for.”

“I’m extremely pleased with MCAT’s efforts to make Navajo County a safer place to visit and reside. The scourge of drug addiction in our communities can be diminished when we vigorously purse those individuals who would make profit from another’s addiction,” stated Sheriff KC Clark.

These drug seizures were accomplished with the NCSO-Traffic Enforcement Unit, Department of Public Safety, Show Low Police Department, Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department, Snowflake-Taylor Police Department, Winslow Police Department and the assistance of all other law enforcement agencies working in Navajo County. MCAT is a multi-agency drug task force operated through the sheriff’s office and funded with Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area funds.