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10 arrested in Kingman in drug operation bust

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Posted at 10:33 PM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-22 01:33:32-04

Ten people were arrested in the Kingman area in connection to a large drug trafficking operation.

After a week long investigation, three search warrants were executed Friday morning.

One male, identified as Leonard Frank Dietz, 36 of Kingman, was found armed with a handgun and attempting to destroy some evidence upon entry of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office Tactical Operation Unit. Dietz was taken into custody without incident.

The Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team with the assistance of the Kingman Gang & Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission conducted a search of the residence. During the search a large quantity of heroin and methamphetamine was located. A usable quantity of marijuana was also located as well as associated paraphernalia.

Dietz was booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility on felony charges of possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, misconduct with a weapon and tampering with evidence.

When a second search warrant was executed at a separate residence, eight adults were located upon the Tactical Operation Unit’s entry and taken into custody. During a search of the residence a handgun, a large amount of heroin, cocaine and the associated paraphernalia were located.

During interviews John Dougherty, Sandra Dougherty, Heather Noble and John Blackwell Jr. admitted their involvement in selling methamphetamine and heroin in the community. They were arrested on a variety of drug possession charges.

Ryan O'Sullivan, Matthew Doerr, Kimberly Daniels and Jackie Marie Dougherty were also arrested.

In a third search warrant, a male subject, identified as David Andrew Murphy, 58 of Kingman, and a female were located during the entry and were taken into custody. A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of equipment associated with the sale of drugs. Murphy was arrested on drug charges while the female was released.