FLAGSTAFF POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNUAL REPORT 2015 Drug Warrants, Arrest and Seizures The Northern Arizona Street Crimes Task Force (Metro) is a multi-agency investigative unit managed by the Flagstaff Police Department. The task force consists of officers from Arizona Department of Public Safety, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Flagstaff Police Department and the Northern Arizona University Police Department. The two interstate highways in Coconino County provide a major thoroughfare for transporting contraband in all directions. Drugs are smuggled into the Tucson and Phoenix area to be disseminated, often through Flagstaff. The local Amtrak Train Station and the Greyhound Bus Station are also used for this purpose. Aside from the agencies listed above, the task force works closely with federal agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Customs, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Significant funding for the unit comes from a Drug Interdiction Grant allocated from the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. A secondary outside source of funding comes from the Coconino County RICO account. Metro detectives are currently members of the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which grants the officers federal arrest authority and the ability to investigate crimes on our adjacent reservations. The continued cooperation of all the above-listed agencies with the Metro Task Force enables local officers and agents to continue to be effective in the investigation and interdiction of those involved in the transportation and sale of illegal drugs, guns, and various street crimes. In 2015, Metro investigators served 38 search warrants, made 229 arrests, seized 15 guns and $42,160.62 in currency. Over the course of the year agents seized 99 grams of heroin ($7,297 street value), approximately 132.25 grams of cocaine ($10,233.00 street value), 1,493.58 grams of methamphetamine ($30,671 street value), 18 pounds of marijuana ($32,384 street value), 98 grams of Marijuana Butane Hash Oil (BHO) ($6.807street value), 168 dosage units of ecstasy MDMA (street value $955.), 150,251 dosage units of acid (street value $1,502,510), 20 milliliter Testosterone steroids (street value $400), and numerous other drugs including hallucinogenic mushrooms, methadone, and a multitude of prescription medications.
Investigative Highlights The Metro Task Force initiated over 245 investigations during 2015. Some of the most notable investigations included the following:
HEROIN: In January of 2015, Metro Detectives received information regarding a heroin dealer in the Pine Del neighborhood. Information regarding the suspect was investigated and it was determined that the male suspect was utilizing the US Postal Service to receive heroin. With assistance of the US Postal Service, a subsequent operation revealed the suspect was receiving pressed heroin in greeting cards sent by the supplier. A search warrant of the suspect’s residence uncovered approximately 26 grams of pressed heroin in the possession of the suspect.
ACID/ECSTASY: In February of 2015, an undercover Metro Detective met and arranged several drug transactions with a male subject in the area of Old Town. During the course of the investigation the male subject sold the undercover detective acid and ecstasy.
MDMA/ECSTASY: A subsequent search warrant at the suspect’s house found him in possession of approximately 15 ml of acid and marijuana for sale. The estimated street value of the acid was 1,500,000 if distributed for profit. Also seized was approximately $4,400 in cash.