News Release
May 9, 2008
For Information Contact,
Special Agent Ramona Sanchez
Public Information Officer
(602) 664-5725

Joint Law Enforcement Efforts Result In Several Drug Trafficking
Arrests In Quartzsite, Arizona

MAY 9 -- (Parker, AZ) – On May 7, 2008, the La Paz County Anti Drug and Racketeering Enforcement Task Force (“Task Force”), with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Quartzsite Police Department, Parker Police Department, and Lake Havasu City Police Department, arrested local drug dealers in the town of Quartzsite. Six months of investigation involving undercover police officers and confidential informants targeting drug dealers selling methamphetamine and marijuana led to Wednesday’s arrests.

Arrested during the dealer roundup were Christine Fuller (sales and possession of methamphetamine), Cindi Smith (sales and possession of methamphetamine), Melvin Scott Collins (sales and possession of methamphetamine), Raymond Hopkins (sales and possession of methamphetamine), Donald Hall (sales and possession of methamphetamine), and Christopher Garcia (sales and possession of marijuana). Arrest warrants are outstanding for additional suspects at this time. The Task Force and local law enforcement are actively working to locate and take those drug dealers into custody.

The Task Force was created by a cooperative effort between the La Paz County Board of Supervisors, the Town of Parker and the Town of Quartzsite. The Task Force is directed by La Paz County Attorney Martin Brannan, La Paz County Sheriff Hal Collet, Parker Police Chief Rod Mendoza and Quartzsite Police Chief Jeff Gilbert. The Task Force is comprised of officers from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department and the Parker and Quartzsite Police Departments, and is assisted by officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Border Patrol. The Task Force works cooperatively with the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Police Department, the United State Bureau of Indian Affairs, the California Sheriff’s Departments of San Bernardino County, Riverside County and Imperial County as well as the Blythe, California Police Department.

For more information, please contact DEA Special Agent Ramona Sanchez at (602) 664-5725 or La Paz County Task Force Lieutenant Curt Baby at (928) 669-6681.