Operation Clean Communities lands 14 in jail |

WINSLOW – Thanks to a series of unrelated busts, no fewer than 14 people are in Navajo County Jail on Thursday May 13 on various charges, including opioid drug use and sales.

• Nikolas Ray Parker, 33, on an arrest warrant for violating a court order

• Eddie Tsosie, 46, on an arrest warrant for violating a lawful court order

• Orville, Talayuptewa, 50, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of dangerous drug paraphernalia

• Charles Talayuptewa, 52, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, and possession of dangerous drug paraphernalia

• Tyro King, 40, possession / use of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, and possession of dangerous drug paraphernalia

• Laurissa Vigil, 27, on an arrest warrant for possession of dangerous drugs for sale and transportation of dangerous drugs for sale

• William Tafoya, 23, on an arrest warrant for violating a court order

• Michelle Prine, 50, possesses dangerous drugs for sale

• Yvette Rivera, 52, possesses dangerous drugs for sale

• Mark Clark, 57, warranted arrest for violating a court order

• Virgil Hale, 61, warrant for obstruction of justice

• Nicholas Rivera, 23, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, and possession of dangerous drug paraphernalia

• Lodonnarose Riggs, 37, possession of dangerous drugs and dangerous drug paraphernalia

• Andrew Schlechty, 32, guarantees non-compliance

A joint operation by six local and state law enforcement agencies called Operation Clean Communities specifically targeted the sale of opioids in Winslow.

But the impact of these drug sales undoubtedly went well beyond Winslow.

A press release from the Navajo County’s Sheriff’s Office Information Bureau, Tori Gorman, stated that the agencies involved in Operation Clean Communities included:

• NCSO Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT)

• Winslow Police Department

• Navajo County’s Parole

• Arizona Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigation Department (AZDPS)

• Arizona State Gang Task Force

NCSO lieutenant overseeing MCAT Wylie Williams said that even after a little over a year delay in bringing Operation Clean Communes into operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thursday’s “kick-off” day, May 13th was a “maddening success”.

“I would say this was a very smooth operation,” said Williams, adding that no one was injured on either side of the arrests.

He said this is just the beginning of Operation Clean Communities and there could be more arrests for drug sales, drug use and other criminal activities in Navajo County.

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