Sheriff encourages drug dealers to snitch on competition

Sheriff encourages drug dealers to snitch on competition

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – A sheriff is enlisting the help of drug dealers in his fight to rid a rural eastern Arizona county of narcotics.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office has printed 3,000 postcards that encourage drug dealers to identify their rivals, their contact information and the times they sell.

It’s a tactic that’s been used by other law enforcement agencies across the country.

Navajo County Sheriff KC Clark says he’s certain the postcards will generate tips.

Authorities seized more than $6.7 million worth of drugs last year in Navajo County. Sheriff’s deputies made more than 300 drug-related arrests.

Clark says tips on suspected drug dealers will be vetted thoroughly.

The postcards will be given to narcotics officers and homeowner groups to hand out. The flip side has information on substance abuse programs.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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