Utah-Arizona border drug trafficking ring busted in St. George sting

Property on North Stagger Mountain Road on the Arizona Strip where a search warrant was executed resulting in the arrest of five suspects who officials said have been supplying heroin and methamphetamine to residents along the rural areas on the Utah-Arizona border | Image courtesy of Google maps, St. George News

Property on North Stagger Mountain Road on the Arizona Strip where a search warrant was executed resulting in the arrest of five suspects who officials said have been supplying heroin and methamphetamine to residents along the rural areas on the Utah-Arizona border | Image courtesy of Google maps, St. George News

ST. GEORGE, Utah – Suspects who police say were supplying heroin and methamphetamine to residents in rural areas along the Utah-Arizona border are now behind bars.

Tuesday the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team made the arrests as part of a three-month investigation along the Arizona Strip on the 700 block of N. Stagger Mountain Rd.

Kingman Police determined the suspects were the main source of meth and heroin  in Fredonia, Arizona, and Kanab, Utah.

According to the St. George News, “Operation County Line” resulted in purchases of methamphetamine from suspects at the property over the three-month period.

However, history of drug-related arrests stemming from the Stagger Mountain property went back two years, according to officials.

St. George News reports authorities described the property as an acre in size with five livable residences and about 75 vehicles.

It is a few hundred feet into Mohave County from the Coconino County border on the Arizona Strip.

Authorities also seized four guns and several items of contraband.

Tuesday officers arrested:

  • Richard Glenn Jessop, 64, of an unincorporated area of Mohave County, was charged with two felonies for conspiracy to commit narcotic drugs for sale and conspiracy to commit dangerous drugs for sale.
  • Melinda Lark Atwood-Evenson, 47, of an unincorporated area of Mohave County, was charged with possession for sale of dangerous drugs, trafficking in dangerous drugs for sale, and conspiracy to commit sale of narcotic drugs.
  • Theodore Lawrence Jessop, 30, of an unincorporated area of Mohave County, was charged with conspiracy to commit dangerous drugs for sale, conspiracy to commit narcotic drugs for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Joshua Glenn Jessop, 28, of an unincorporated area of Mohave County, was charged with possession of weapon by prohibited possessor, conspiracy to commit narcotic drugs for sale, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Ephraim Ernest Black, 28, of an unincorporated area of Mohave County, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities arrested two other suspects in relation to the drug operation Nov 4.:

  • Katie Dawn Millett, 27, and Danny Allen Markland, 49, both of an unincorporated area of Mohave County, were arrested on drug-related charges, including possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and conspiracy to commit dangerous drugs for sale.

Click here to see the full report from St. George News.