|2013’s crime statistics present a mixed bag for the Kingman Police Department. Some crimes were down, while others increased, most notably crimes involving dangerous drugs. The department also had to deal with staffing cuts, meaning that some categories of enforcement declined. The number of juveniles arrested dropped, but not the number of adults. (MICHAL KNOWLTON/Miner)|
Miner Staff Reporter
KINGMAN - Drug crime, and especially crimes involving dangerous drugs, increased sharply in 2013, according to an annual review by the Kingman Police Department.
There were 315 arrests for drug crimes, a 32 percent increase over the 2012 figure of 238.
And dangerous drug crimes - with methamphetamine, heroin and prescription drugs, mainly painkillers - rose nearly 77 percent.
"Drug-related complaints continue to be a concern in the community," said Chief Robert DeVries in his letter announcing the release of the report.
The department is the lead agency of the multi-jurisdictional Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, known by its acronym, MAGNET.
Other agencies with personnel assigned are the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office and the police departments of Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City.
While MAGNET operates throughout Mohave County, many of the 513 county-wide drug-related arrests were of people who lived either inside or just outside the city limits.
About 35 ounces of cocaine was seized in 2013, as well as 67 ounces of heroin, more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana and 1,200 marijuana plants, and nearly 1,600 pills.
Methamphetamine, however, remains the drug of choice in Mohave County, at least for adults. According to the report, more than 32 pounds of the drug were seized or purchased in controlled drug buys last year.
Additionally, more than $676,500 in currency was seized, along with about $281,000 worth of vehicles and roughly $94,400 in weapons, jewelry and other items.
The report did not provide statistics specific to MAGNET activity in Kingman.
Juveniles choose painkillers
And as meth is the most popular drug for adults in Mohave County, youthful abusers have apparently chosen prescription drugs.
DeVries said while the number of juveniles arrested decreased dramatically in 2013 from the previous year - 426, down 24 percent from the 559 in 2012 - the number of juveniles arrested for possessing or using prescription drugs is so significant that the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission identified Mohave County as the state leader in prescription drug abuse by youth.
"The department is actively working with the Arizona Criminal Justice System," said DeVries.
Part of the effort to address prescription drug abuse quickly paid dividends.
According to DeVries, a drug drop box that was put in the Kingman Police Department lobby late last year collected eight pounds of unwanted or outdated prescriptions. The medicines were destroyed. Access to the drop box is available 24 hours.
Good news, bad news
On the good news side: incidents of aggravated assaults, burglaries, car theft, DUIs and traffic accidents were down last year compared to 2012.
On the bad news side: incidents of sexual assaults, robberies, thefts, arson, domestic violence and drug crimes were up.
According to the report, there were 17 sexual assaults in 2013, one more than in 2012, a 6.2 percent increase. Robberies more than doubled, from eight in 2012 to 19 in 2013, a 137 percent increase.
While the jump was dramatic, a four-year comparison shows robberies were actually down in 2012 compared to other recent years. There were 12 in 2009, for example, 21 the following year and 15 in 2011.
Arsons jumped from one to three. Again, however, 2012 numbers were down as five, three and four arsons were committed in Kingman in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
And statistics can be misleading when not taken in context. For instance, homicides went up by 100 percent, but only one alleged murder occurred last year while none were reported in 2012.
Kingman police detectives arrested Robert John Adkins, 51, and charged him with second-degree murder in the Christmas Eve death of his roommate, Michael J. Sudkamp, 53. Adkins was the victim's caregiver.
In a statistic that will raise eyebrows, 740 fewer traffic citations were issued in 2013 (994) than the previous year (1,677). DUI arrests also dropped from 144 in 2012 to 124 in 2013.
DeVries said the sharp reduction could partially be attributed to the traffic unit working at a two-thirds staffing level for most of the calendar year.
Instances of aggravated assault dropped nearly 5 percent, from 41 to 39.
In a somewhat contradictory pair of statistics, burglaries dropped by 216, from 787 to 571, but thefts increased by 126, 1,025 to 899.
The biggest increase in thefts regards shoplifting, which increased from 380 in 2012 to 554 last year.
Incidents of domestic violence increased fairly significantly, from 672 to 718, a nearly 7 percent rise. Motor vehicle thefts were down by 20, from 101 to 81.
And while juvenile arrests were down by 133 - 559 to 426 - adults were holding the line in arrests as the percentage dropped less than half a percent, from 2,448 to 2,439.
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Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 | 2:02 p.m.
A Las Vegas man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for trafficking prescription drugs between here and Alaska, Nevada’s U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden announced Thursday.
Nicholas Ghafouria, 28, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy, drug and money laundering charges, officials said. Federal authorities said Ghafouria organized the distribution of more than 4,000 oxycodone pills in Alaska and laundered at least $1.2 million in cash proceeds between May 2009 and October 2010.
Ghafouria, one of 27 defendants charged in the scheme, shipped or transported the pills on airplanes from Las Vegas to Alaska, where the pills sold for $65 each, officials said. In turn, co-conspirators in Alaska would send money back to Ghafouria via couriers or deposit proceeds into a bank account. At Ghafouria’s direction, people in Las Vegas would withdraw the money.
Nineteen of the defendants charged were from Alaska, while the other eight resided in Las Vegas, officials said. Most received a prison sentence.
Ghafouria must also forfeit more than $1.2 million in cash and property and serve three years of supervised release upon completing his prison sentence.
“Over the last several years, we have been working with state and local law enforcement and health care providers to attack the growing prescription drug abuse problem in Nevada,” Bodgen wrote in a statement. “Since January 2010, over 100 individuals, including four doctors and a pharmacist, have been charged in Nevada with unlawfully distributing highly addicted prescription painkillers.”
Multiple law enforcement agencies in Nevada and Alaska investigated this case.
FOUND PROPERTY LIST, KINGMAN — A list of property that has been found, turned in and unclaimed is now viewable to the general public. The list provides a general description of the found property along with the date, time and location the property was found. Each property owner would be required to contact the Kingman Police Department’s evidence division and provide further detailed information before reclaiming items. Anyone with questions or wanting to make a claim can contact the evidence sivision by calling 928-753-2191. A list can be viewed on the KPD website at www.kingmanpolice.com and clicking “Found Property List” under “Quick Links. Found property will be posted for a period of 30 days. All found property requires proof of ownership before a claim is approved.
July 20, 2011CITIZENS ACTION TEAM RECOVERS STOLEN MOTORCYCLE
Citizens Action Team members recovered a stolen Harley Davidson late Wed night, MCSO was called and an attempt to contact the owner was unsuccessful, so the bike was picked up by Mikes Power Tow and taken to the yard. CAT member said “we offered to keep it overnight to save the owner tow charges but the officer said that would not be possible since it was stolen.” The bike had been repainted from yellow to the "spray can" blue. Vin number was still intact.
The bike did get back to the rightful owner, I guess he was happy, we never heard anything..
CAT would like to thank these individuals for attending or speaking at our previous meetings:
Allen Palomino Assistant Chief Probation officer with Mohave County Probation Dept, for a detailed explanation of the workings of the Probation Dept.
Terry Flanagan, Chief Investigator for the County, for the very informed talk and power point presentation on Identity theft.
Trish Groe, State Represenative and her husband Frank,
ERACE Team enforcement officer, Sonny O'Hara. "Enviromental Rural Area Cleanup and Enforcement"
Jack Ehrhardt Planning and economics development director for Hualapai Nation and candidate for Supervisor.
Dana Hlavac, Public Defender and candidate for Superior Court Judge Division 5.
RON WEAVER, Enforcement for Davis Camp and Candidate for MOHAVE COUNTY SHERIFF
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