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5/1/2013 9:36:00 AM
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Gang Task Force drug investigation leads to Williams drug bust
Law enforcement agents search multiple houses in Williams
Law enforcement agents make arrests in  Williams May 1 after a seven-month drug investigation. Agents arrested  30 people early in the morning in Coconino County and Maricopa County. Photo/Williams News
Law enforcement agents make arrests in Williams May 1 after a seven-month drug investigation. Agents arrested 30 people early in the morning in Coconino County and Maricopa County. Photo/Williams News
Williams-Grand Canyon News


Update: 12:07 p.m.

Law enforcement agents arrested 26 people from seven different locations in Williams this morning as part of a seven-month drug investigation.

The arrests took place at 6:30 a.m. Authorities seized "a wide gamut of drugs," including methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, wax (marijuana paste), ecstasy and prescription medications, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Carrick Cook.

One of the houses under investigation on Newton Street had the elements of a methamphetamine lab, Cook said. A hazardous materials team is currently processing the scene.

In addition to the large quantity of illegal drugs, authorities also found scales, currency and ledgers in some of the other houses.

Authorities are still processing the scene, and are unsure of the quantities of the drugs.

"I wouldn't even begin to know where to start," Cook said. "We're talking tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs."

Officials believe the drugs originated from a criminal street gang in Phoenix, but have not released the name of the gang.

The Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission, the Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Williams Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation all participated in the investigation.

Cook said he expects the agencies to make additional arrests in the future stemming from the investigation.




Law enforcement agents arrested a number of people in Williams early this morning as part of a multi-agency drug bust.

The Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission led the operation and served 17 search and arrest warrants in both Coconino and Maricopa Counties. Agents arrested 30 people during the operation.

According to a DPS press release, the arrests are the result of a seven-month investigation of drug sales originating from a criminal street gang on the Phoenix area. Drugs involved include methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, ecstacy and prescription medications.

Agents searched houses throughout Williams. One of the houses is across the street from Williams High School. School officials sent out a bulletin advising parents and students that school is still in session.

Cooperating agencies include the Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Williams Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Williams-Grand Canyon News will cover events as they unfold throughout the day.





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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Sad Wow

Williams Resident- this COUNTRY ruined it's self.

Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

Olivia, sorry I guess when people are seen selling drugs at a house and all the neighbors/kids say that's where the drugs come from.....Ive seen it myself.
Its a small town and you really cant get away with much for any amount of time without people figuring stuff out. The dealers on the next street should have gotten busted also.


Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Article comment by: Fred Thompson

to "crazy" Just because some of the council members were born and/or raised in Williams doesn't mean they are any good. duh... Also, and as you've noticed, the paper has a website where they could update their articles whenever they want. Just because the print edition comes out once a week doesn't mean they have to wait to hear the news from the Daily Sun...

Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Raya Ward

Ms Aguilar

You can't blame people for being vigilant . The times we're living in are volatile and people on edge. All this is better than apathy.



Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Article comment by: Raya Ward

Ms Lopez

That is what the Muslum parents said of their dear sons that destroyed so many lives and maimed. In this day and age, you can't believe anything you see or hear. And to say "shut your mouth", well, that's just unnecessary. People need to speak up, even if they suspect anything.


Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
Article comment by: crazy people

Just because you are "released" does not mean that charges will not be filed against you.

The Williams news will report what happened when the next edition comes out. It is not a "daily" paper.

Williams pd on the take? Conspiracy theories are a joke. How can the Williams pd arrest people in Flag and Phx? They can't, that is why it was a MULTI-jurisdictional task force.

Daniel Hintzman:

Why don't you move back to where ever you came from? This was a nice little town until all the outside folks moved in and ruined it. The best people on the city council are FROM Williams. Dent-Payne-McNelly. Enough said.


Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
Article comment by: Harriet Lockwood

I have reported alot of things to Williams and they don't want that kind of new. Also I fell they don't have the exsperance here like they have in Flagstaff. All these so called reporters do know what is news. Harriet

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
Article comment by: Fred Thompson

Why can't the Williams News actually cover this story? They continually get scooped by the Daily Sun. Heck, they can't even go down to the police station and get the names of those arrested. I think I'm going to cancel my subscription.

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
Article comment by: Daniel Hintzmann

It's like everything in this town. If you don't like what the good ole boys are doing, get involved, vote them out!! Anyone involved with drugs in this town should be put in prison, fined, deported, whatever is right.

Could our Williams police be on the take? Looks like it to me. They can't be that stupid.

AGAIN, VOTE THEM OUT! CLEAN HOUSE THIS NEXT TIME.


Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Article comment by: Laura Crespo

All I can say is its about time!

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: Olivia Aguilar

Let me just clear it up for the people that think drugs are coming out of the house across the street from the high school I live there I am my dads daughter and no there was no drugs found inside my house so please stop spreading rumors because you guys don't know half the story just what people are telling you because my dad did drugs doesn't mean everyone in the house did it :)

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Citizen

Ron Paully: I completely understand your statement. There was a drug house that was left alone. I am wondering why, also. If you and I know about this house, doesn't the Williams Police Dept. know also. Maybe they want it left alone for one reason or another. ???

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: Adena & Jacki Zicopoulos

In response to JAMES WILLIAMS........ That truck happens to be a law abiding, long time Williams resident who does not agree with the what the "government" is doing and certain political issues going on, it has nothing to do with federal law enforcement. The person driving that vehicle is a student who parks across from the school. For those of you who don't know the woman or the background, should get your facts straight before you make accusations. - Another long time Williams resident.

Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Article comment by: sylvia lopez

Well just to clear some things up. Drugs where not being sold out of the house next to the school so get it right there was nothing coming out of that house. And the lady that lives in that house and got released is a well known parent by the community she raised 5 great kids and she sure in the hell don't do drugs nor do her kids. So why don't you just keep your mouth shut.

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Maria Herrera

For all you to know that in the house across the street there was not any drugs found. And for the woman who was already released for lack of evidence if you knew her you would know that she is innocent and the only thing she is guilty of is loving a man who had problems. I don't think you all should judge because only GOD will and can do that and no matter what you all have to say the only thing that matters is that GOD knows the truth and watch out because being judgemental as you all are being is a sin.


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