Police Investigate Marijuana and Cocaine Finding
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A police raid in Oswego County led to the arrest of a man accused of having marijuana, cocaine and thousands of dollars in drug money.
Jared M. Kempston, 23, of 104 State St., Phoenix, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (more than 1/2 an ounce), third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. All are felonies.
The Oswego County Drug Task Force said that around 8 a.m. on Friday July, 29, it’s investigators raided Kempston’s home with Phoenix police.
After executing a search warrant, investigators seized 5.1 pounds of marijuana, 17 grams of cocaine and $10,627 in suspected drug money, police said. Authorities did not share details of their investigation or say what led them to Kempston.
Police said the seized drugs have a street value of about $25,000.
Kempston was arraigned in Volney Town Court and released on his own recognizance
Superior’s new K9 unit assisted in a significant drug bust this week. The seizure included a Jeep Cherokee, over 2,500 in cash, a half a kilo of methamphetamines, and 2 guns. Two suspects were taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.
On Monday morning, Aug. 1, 2016, to the east of Superior, Officer Scott Curry pulled over a car for speeding. Upon questioning the driver Officer Curry decided a pat search was in order. During the search, the Officer discovered a loaded weapon in the suspect’s pocket. Officer Curry then called in the Superior K9 Unit. The dog successfully detected drugs in the vehicle. This was the K9 Unit’s third successful drug detection since Ace has been on the job. Ace started working for the Department less than a week ago. Chief Neuss indicated that this latest drug bust is the largest single seizure in the time he has been Superior’s Chief of Police.
The K9 unit consists of Officer Bryan Lawrence and his canine companion Ace. Ace is a year and eight month old rescue pit bull. Narcotic dogs are usually Labrador Retrievers or German Shepherds.
“He is the only working narcotics pit bull in the State of Arizona,” Chief Neuss stated, “Ace is not trained for biting or holding or handler protection.” His only job is to find narcotics.
Despite the reputation of this fierce breed Ace is a friendly and easy going dog who is great with children. Superior obtained Ace from a grant through Universal K9, a nonprofit out of San Antonia, Texas, and with the help of the Animal Farm Foundation. The officer’s training and the trip to pick up canine Ace was paid for through the Resolution Emergency Services Contract Funding. So far this entire program has been paid for through grant funding.
Chief Neuss states he is very thankful for the trainers and handlers of Universal K9 who not only helped them acquire the dog, but took special care to make sure that the dog selected was a good match for Officer Lawrence.
“The breed has kind of gotten a bad name in the past,” said Officer Lawrence. “That they are very aggressive. That they are mean…people have gotten the wrong impression.” Officer Lawrence went on to say that when pit bulls go bad they are made that way by human beings. That the breed is very loyal to their owners and handlers. “He is great with kids. He is great with other dogs.”
Ace has gone through eight weeks of intensive narcotics detection training. Officer Lawrence completed two weeks of training and he is still in the process of working with, and building a closer bond with, canine Ace. It takes three or four months for the handler and the dog to fully bond. Officer Lawrence states that Ace’s training in narcotic detection will continue for the dog’s entire career. It’s training that is given to the dog not only when he is working in the field, but also when he is at home.
According to Chief Neuss, a K9 Unit was sorely needed in Superior as the town’s position on the junction of two highways makes it a very convenient and active drug trafficking path on the way to metro Phoenix. Chief Neuss hopes to expand the program in the future.
Chief Neuss stated that so far canine Ace has a one hundred percent successful detection rate. Ace has only been on the job for less than a week. As Ace and his handler become more experienced and more comfortable in their working relationship, they will continue to help Superior Police Department decrease the flow of drugs moving through our community.
The Drug Enforcement Administration arrested multiple people in Tucson on Wednesday after a long-term federal investigation targeting the sales and distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, also known as “spice.”
Authorities found nearly 600 pounds of synthetic cannabinoids and a possible spice lab, along with multiple luxury vehicles and more the $350,000 in cash.
“This operation will be instrumental in restoring the quality of life for the neighborhoods impacted by the effects of the “spice” epidemic,” Tucson Police Department Chief Chris Mangus said in a press release. “We would like to thank the federal and local partners who participated with us during this investigation, as well as the community, who has patiently waited for this investigation to conclude.”
The DEA teamed up with IRS-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Border Patrol and local and federal Homeland Security agents in order to investigate people of interest and search warrants within this case.
“Through the combined efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, today’s arrests truly impact the safety and well-being of citizens within our local communities,” FBI Special Agent Michael DeLeon from the Phoenix field office said.
The investigation resulted in 18 total arrests in Arizona, California and Colorado.
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