ATF arrests

Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms conduct a joint operation at a South Palo Verde residence Friday with Lake Havasu City Police investigators.

A joint operation between the Lake Havasu City Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms yielded three arrests Friday afternoon.

The arrests were the result of a two-month investigation by the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team, which includes the Lake Havasu Police Department's special investigations unit. The agencies were investigating so-called straw purchases of firearms in exchange for guns, according to a news release from Havasu police. A straw purchase refers to someone who is legally able to buy a firearm who then exchanges it with a person who is not legally able to do so.

Around 1 pm. Friday, the ATF SWAT team and Lake Havasu City police officers served a search warrant in the 3300 block of South Palo Verde Boulevard. During the search, officers allegedly found two firearms, four artillery simulator explosive devices, a large amount of ammunition, 92 oxycodone pills, marijuana, and approximately $2,700 in cash.

Searches of two vehicles at the home turned up an additional $8,000 in cash and 100 oxycodone pills, the release said. 

Dominic P. Zamora, a 43-year-old Lake Havasu City resident, was charged with conspiracy to sell narcotic drugs, sales of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, misconduct involving a weapon, misconduct involving explosives, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  During his initial appearances, Zamora was held on a $100,000 bond and transferred to the custody of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.  
Dominic P. Zamora, 43, Thurman L. Harris, 45 and Kevin R. Thompson, 21, were arrested. Zamora and Thompson are Lake Havasu City residents, and Harris is a resident of California, according to police.

Officers and ATF officials at the scene were equipped with HAZMAT suits, body armor and protective face masks as they secured the scene in an ongoing investigation.

Zamora has been charged with felony counts of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy and possession of a weapon in a drug offense. He was also charged with one misdemeanor account of failing to mark explosives.

Harris was charged with felony counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy.

Thompson was charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to comply with a court order.

As of Monday morning, Mohave County Jail records showed that only Harris was in custody at the jail, on $50,000 bond.


(3) comments

only in havasu

Failure to mark explosives... Sounds crazy.


light this end only,,,must been a blunt...


Yes, it is crazy to not have your explosives marked correctly! If you have a fire at your home and the fire fighters need to enter to work on the fire it is imperative that they are made aware of any explosives there. We have all of our explosives clearly marked and have signage for emergencies. Be responsible!

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