Approximately 18 months following a large gang and drug sweep on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation, the last of over 20 defendants was sentenced in federal district court. Brandon Kasey, 24, of Whiteriver, Ariz., was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment, with credit for time served, followed by three years of supervised release.
The community impact investigation was led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Northern Arizona Safe Streets Task Force. The investigation resulted in the successful federal prosecution of over 20 defendants for various charges, including drug trafficking and firearms violations, as well as gang-related assault charges and domestic violence charges. The individual sentences ranged from probation up to 15 years imprisonment.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of a number of vehicles in excess of $100,000 in cash, over 100 firearms (mostly military style weapons), and the dismantling of Whiteriver’s most organized street gang, the Diamond Creek Boyz.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said they received substantial assistance from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and the Flagstaff Police Department.
Steve Ernest Anaya Jr.