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Deputies arrest four suspects involved in Prescott heroin ring

From left: Matthew Liquori, Matthew Neidich, Andrew Roach, and Janina Kinzer

From left: Matthew Liquori, Matthew Neidich, Andrew Roach, and Janina Kinzer

PRESCOTT - Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested four suspects for felonies YCSO says were connected to a heroin ring in Prescott.

Deputies booked Andrew Roach, 22, and his girlfriend, Janina Kinzer, 19, into county jail on charges of suspicion of conspiracy to sell narcotics, possession of narcotics, and use of wire communication in a drug transaction.

Roach also faces a charge of possession of narcotic drugs for sale.

Suspect Matthew Neidich, 25, faces charges for conspiracy to sell narcotics, transportation of narcotics for sale, possession of narcotics and DUI drugs.

Deputies also arrested Matthew Liguori, 20, on suspicion of possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The sheriff's office investigation into the ring began in late September near Roach's apartment in the 700 block of Hermosa Drive.

YCSO received information from a Yavapai Silent Witness caller who reported heroin sales in the Prescott area.

From that call, authorities say they learned that Roach and Neidich, who lived in an apartment in the 1000 block of Gail Gardner Way, were two of the main drug dealers.

An undercover detective with YCSO's Special Crimes Unit later arranged to buy a gram of heroin from Roach and completed a sale near the suspect's apartment.

During the first week of October, the undercover detective introduced himself to Kinzer, who lived with Roach on Hermosa Drive.

Shortly thereafter, deputies say, Roach explained that Kinzer would help sell some of the drugs. The detective then bought more heroin near Roach's apartment.

A few days later, Kinzer called and offered to sell even more heroin. On Oct. 14, the detective bought another unreported amount of the drug just outside the Hermosa Drive apartment.

A week later, on Oct. 21, sheriff's deputies say the detective again arranged to buy heroin from Roach.

But Roach told the detective he was worried about recent police activity near his residence and suggested completing the sale at a gas station and food store on Copper Basin Road.

Detectives then arrested Roach outside his vehicle for possession of heroin with Kinzer present.

A short time later, detectives found Roach and Kinzer's heroin supplier and arranged for a purchase on the parking lot of a restaurant on Gail Gardner Way.

Afterward, YCSO detectives served a search warrant at the Hermosa Drive apartment where detectives recovered evidence linked to the drug sales operation.

On the night of Oct. 21 on the Gail Gardner Way restaurant's parking lot, detectives stopped a white sedan, which they saw earlier at Roach's apartment and Neidich was driving.

With the help of a sheriff's office K9, detectives say they found heroin hidden in Neidich's sock, which he had intended to sell to the undercover detective.

The investigation concluded when detectives got a search warrant for Neidich's Gail Gardner Way apartment, where Liguori also lived.

Detectives subsequently found narcotic pills, syringes, marijuana and paraphernalia inside.

Contact the reporter at dcook@prescottaz.com

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