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Fri, July 19

Silent Witness awards $1,950 to callers, preps for Catch 22

The Yavapai Silent Witness Board of Directors awarded $1,950 in cash rewards to seven callers who provided information that led to the arrest of a suspect in seven cases at their recent meeting.

Prescott police, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and Partners Against Narcotic Trafficking arrested 18 people on 71 felony charges, including suspicion of burglary, dangerous drug sales, transportation of dangerous drugs, possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana for sale, and conspiracy to sell dangerous drugs, said Steve Skurja, program coordinator for Yavapai Silent Witness.

Arrests took place in Prescott, Cordes Junction, Sedona, Cottonwood, and Mayer.

Those law enforcement agencies also seized $4,400 worth of illegal drugs, and $368 in cash, which goes into Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) funds, Skurja said.

"At the end of the year, RICO gives our program a nice, sizeable donation," Skurja said.

Officers also recovered $8,300 in stolen property, Skurja said.

Skurja reminds people to call Yavapai Silent Witness with criminal information and to remember that they never have to give their name. Yavapai Silent Witness offers a cash reward when the information a person gives leads to a felony arrest.

Call 1 (800) 932-3232 or TEXT your information to Busted 411247.

Skurja said the next Catch 22 program featuring the 22 most wanted felons will begin May 1 and run through May 22.

"We have arrested a couple of felons that previously ran on Catch 22 and they will be replaced with other wanted felons," Skurja said. "We also got rid of more petty offenses and added some felons other law enforcement agencies called and asked us to include."

Catch 22 will be featured in local newspapers including The Daily Courier, on television through Cable One Advertising, the Yavapai Silent Witness website and radio stations including KYCA, KPPV, KKLD and other Yavapai Broadcasting stations, KASM, and KQNA.

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