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Updated Aug 15, 2013 - 6:28 pm

Undercover investigation in Mohave County nets arrests

KINGMAN, Ariz. — At least 16 people were arrested on Thursday on warrants
alleging crimes involving drugs and firearms in Mohave County, authorities said.

More than 60 law enforcement agents fanned out across the Arizona county before
dawn. They said many of the firearms violations were for sawed-off shotguns and
felons being in possession of firearms, while the drug violations dealt
primarily with methamphetamine.

Authorities served 26 arrest warrants and one search warrant.

The warrants targeted more than two dozen people involved in a seven-month
undercover investigation. Dubbed Operation Street Sweeper, it was conducted by
the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, or MAGNET, and the federal
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Authorities said many of the arrests were made in the Kingman area.

Ten defendants remained at large, and Thomas Atteberry, special agent in charge
of the ATF Phoenix field division, said the search would continue. Four
additional individuals were arrested on unrelated outstanding misdemeanor

Authorities said an improvised explosive device and a sawed-off shotgun were
seized after the search warrant was served. The device was rendered safe.

The investigation is ongoing, and authorities said there’s a possibility of
more charges.

“ATF and MAGNET will continue working together to go after these individuals
to take them off our streets,” Atteberry said. “When violent crime is reduced,
everyone wins.”


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