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7/13/2012 9:55:00 PM
Special Crimes, K9 units merge into Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking
The Daily Courier


PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office has merged its Special Crimes Unit (SCU) and K9 unit with the multi-agency Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) group, a YCSO spokesman said.

The SCU "is an exclusive YCSO unit that handles major narcotics investigations for YCSO and occasionally will assist in general crime investigations with a drug foundation," spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said, adding that "they have done many of the large meth roundups over the past two years."

The newly combined task force is headed up by YCSO Sgt. Bill Suttle, who was previously in charge of SCU, and it will be based in Prescott Valley.

"By sharing resources, intelligence, and staffing, it is expected PANT's effectiveness will grow even stronger," said D'Evelyn.

Local police chiefs were pleased with the merger.

"I am proud to say that effective immediately, PANT is twice as strong in pursuing illicit drug activities," said Prescott Valley Police Chief Bill Fessler.

Prescott police chief Mike Kabbel said, "This will make our drug enforcement efforts even that much more successful."

The move makes financial sense for the county, too. "It will save the county some monies as a majority of PANT investigative expenses are supported by RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) funds and grants obtained by the unit," D'Evelyn said, and "the SCU/K9 teams had tapped mostly general fund monies as part of the YCSO budget."

Combining the four SCU deputies, four K9 deputies and a K9 Sergeant under one roof will also save on facilities costs, although it is too early to calculate an exact amount, he said.





Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Article comment by: Freedom writer

@ Is special crime -- A special crime is one where law enforcement does more damage to the community and endangers more people than the original crime. Local departments focus on drug use because they get kickbacks from the federal government so they can buy more guns and endanger more people while pretending to teach kids to "just say no" to violence.

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Article comment by: Freedom writer

This is America's war against marijuana: "We're going to attack your family with deadly force because we suspect, although we won't know until the shooting stops, that you might be using a drug that might, but probably won't, encourage you to experiment with other drugs, and some people who use those other drugs also commit crimes against society. And we're going to have the incredible audacity to pretend we're doing it for your own good."

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2012
Article comment by: Rita Stricker

The prohibition of drugs in America has its roots in racism. The so-called "war on drugs" is simply violence for its own sake. What's not to be proud of?

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by:

Watch out, folks, those bad ol' drugs are lurking about, waiting for you to fall asleep to swoop down and . . . oh, wait, that's the police. Now they'll be even more effective at what they've done so well for over 40 years -- failing to stop drug use.

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2012
Article comment by: Tony D

Oh, boy, the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the American people just got bigger. It used to upset me that so many people were either unaware or unconcerned that their government was playing them for fools. Only after several years of reading the letters, editorials and online comments here and on the Arizona Republic website have I realized how wrong I was. The reality is that most Americans are not only well aware they're being cheated, they're proud of it.

Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Article comment by: Is Special Crime the same as Real Republican

So is "too early to calculate an exact amount", is that copspeak for, if folks knew how much, they might think twice?
Is a person who smokes pot the same as a person who might get excited and forget about leaving his partner in a locked car?
Lot of bad things happen to good people, and vice versa. It's one thing to be proud of yourself for never using drugs. Expecting to be hailed as a role model, well hell, that's just neon sign telling the world, nobody ever invited you to a party.




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