The Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET) is a multi-agency task force focused on drug enforcement in Northern Arizona. Mohave County has vast, sparsely-populated areas with limited access that attract drug trafficking and manufacturing operations, both domestic and international. The area has several remote airstrips and land routes that facilitate transporting drugs from Mexico into larger markets in California, Nevada, and Utah.
MAGNET reduces the availability of drugs by disrupting drug trafficking and manufacturing. They investigate both individuals and organizations in Northern Arizona.
The task force is funded through a combination of federal grants and local contributions.
Six agencies in Mohave County participate in MAGNET. The Kingman Police Department is the lead agency. The other participants are the Bullhead City Police Department, Lake Havasu City Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff's Office, Department of Public Safety, and the Mohave County Attorney's Office.
MAGNET consists of 12 officers divided into three squads. Officers use surveillance, undercover officers, and informants to gather information about drugs in the area, especially methamphetamine manufacturing labs. Many of these investigations occur over several months before the task force makes arrests.
MAGNET does not disclose what type of monitoring, surveillance, or officer protection equipment it uses, citing officer safety and compromised investigations as the reason. The task force has only stated it purchased items for these purposes.
On November 23, 2016, MAGNET arrested five people from the Arizona Strip on the Arizona-Utah border for various felony drug charges. The Kingman Police Department issued a statement that the five arrested were the main source of methamphetamine and heroin in Fredonia, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah.
On July 10, 2017, MAGNET, along with other law enforcement agencies, executed four search warrants simultaneously after a two-month long drug trafficking investigation. Officers seized one pound of methamphetamine, a quarter pound of heroin, and one pound of marijuana, with a total street value of $49,600. Nine people were arrested, and the investigation determined that the drugs originated from the Sinaloa Cartel and were being distributed in Bullhead City, Kingman, and Golden Valley.
On November 15, 2017, MAGNET arrested three people on 82 felony charges for using a Kingman strip club to illegally sell marijuana. Two of the people arrested had marijuana patient cards but no right to sell or transport marijuana. Officers seized 25 pounds of marijuana and 15 marijuana plants.
Protect Your Freedom
If you have been charged with a drug offense in Mohave, La Paz, Coconino, or Yavapai counties in Northern Arizona, contact the Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp today. Shawn B. Hamp is a former drug prosecutor for MAGNET and understands all the intricacies of misdemeanor and felony drug laws, so he can build the strongest defense for you. He represents clients in a variety of drug-related cases, including drug possession, drug distribution, prescription fraud, and drug manufacturing.
Drug charges have long-lasting effects on your finances and your freedom. Call our office today at (928) 753-6868 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.