Source: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office (Information and Press Release):
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Chloride, Arizona: The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office has released information regarding deputies arresting a man for many criminal charges, including money laundering, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, transport of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, transport of narcotic drugs for sale, misconduct with a weapon (prohibited possessor), misconduct with a weapon (used in a drug offense) that occurred on Monday, June 15th, 2020.
According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested Steven James Shaffer, 49 of Pocatello, ID, for Money Laundering, Possession of Dangerous Drugs, Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Transport of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drugs, Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Transport of Narcotic Drugs for Sale, Misconduct with a Weapon (Prohibited Possessor), Misconduct with a Weapon (Used in a Drug Offense), all felonies, and two active arrest warrants.
On Monday (6/15) at approximately 2 PM, deputies conducted a traffic stop on Tennessee Ave. and 2nd street in Chloride.
During the traffic stop the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as Steven James Shaffer.
Shaffer was found to have a valid warrant and was arrested.
During a search of the vehicle, 5 bundles with a total weight of approximately 2.5 pounds containing a white crystalline substance that field tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine, and another bundle containing a brown substance that field tested presumptive positive for heroin and weight of approximately 7 ounces were located inside the vehicle.
Based on the current availability of drugs, the prices are high and locating certain drugs is not as easy with the US/Mexico border closed.
The estimated street value of the combined drugs is approximately $150,000.
Shaffer was also found to be in possession of a .40 caliber handgun and a small amount of marijuana.
A criminal history check on Shaffer revealed he is a convicted felon and prohibited to possess firearms.
Detectives with the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET), a HIDTA initiative and ACJC supported task force were called to assist with the investigation.
Steven James Shaffer was arrested and booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility in Kingman for the above charges.