Operation Street Sweeper implicates 26 in Mohave County

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Agents seized an improvised explosive device during a search conducted as part of Operation Street Sweeper. By Andrew Michalscheck Agents seized an improvised explosive device during a search conducted as part of Operation Street Sweeper. By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

KINGMAN, Ariz. -- A joint operation between the Mohave Area General Enforcement Team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has led to the arrest of 16 individuals.

The Mohave Area General Enforcement Team said 10 additional people are also wanted for arrest in connection with Operation Street Sweeper.

Since February, more than 60 law enforcement members have been working the undercover operation across Mohave County.

During the course of Operation Street Sweeper, law enforcement purchased 78 firearms, 66 explosive blasting caps, and several thousand rounds of ammunition. Agents also took 88 grams of methamphetamine into evidence.

The 26 individuals implicated in the investigation are facing charges such as possession of firearms, home invasion, armed robbery, and narcotics distribution.

The 26 suspects are said to have a combined 66 prior felony convictions.

Authorities said the 16 individuals arrested were taken into custody without incident. An improvised explosive device and a sawed-off shotgun were seized during a search of one location.

“The success of the operation is based upon the hard work and dedication of the investigators involved coupled with the excellent cooperation between local, state, and federal authorities. Those factors together will help us make a safer community,” said Kingman Police Chief Robert DeVries.

The Mohave Area General Enforcement Team said the investigation remains ongoing, with the possibility of more people facing charges.

Anyone who has any information about the outstanding fugitives is asked to call the Kingman Police Department at 928-753-2191.