Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, Sept. 27

Mexican National arrested on drug trafficking charges

A month-long investigation by the Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team (MCAT) culminated in the arrest of Norberto Valle, a Mexican National living in this city. It was long suspected that Valle was involved in trafficking illegal drugs and selling to a clientele in the Winslow area.

Through investigative inquiries, MCAT Agents learned that Valle is almost always armed. On May 13, 2003 around 11:48 p.m., officers of the Winslow Police Department and MCAT agents went to the 1900 Block of West Second Street. A nighttime search warrant was served after officers made a high-risk entry in the home of Norberto Valle.

Due to information developed earlier in the investigation that Valle is usually armed, the police entry team were equipped with a variety of weapons to counter any threat, from deadly force to less lethal options. Upon entry, officers deployed the AIR TASER striking Valle, followed up by a FLEXIBLE BATON round. The combination of AIR TASER and FLEXIBLE BATON munitions had the desired effect of rendering Valle unable to react to the officers’ presence.

Valle was taken into custody without incident. It was learned that he was armed with a .380 semi-automatic pistol on his person at the time of his arrest. Pursuant to the search warrant, officers conducted a search and recovered a quantity of methamphetamines and marijuana. A quantity of cash was also seized along with property having significant value.

Norberto Valle was booked into the Navajo County Jail in Holbrook on charges of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of a firearm during a drug offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and possession of a forged document, an Arizona driver’s license.

This arrest is only one example of the potential dangers faced by law enforcement officers and the varied duties they perform daily throughout this great country. Law enforcement isn’t always about making dynamic entries in the home of drug traffickers, but also encompasses the daily enforcement of ordinances, traffic laws, or other functions deemed by some as routine police work. At the end of the day, law enforcement efforts result in a safer environment for the community at large.

The effective enforcement of laws and apprehension of those who violate them is enhanced by the involvement of the community we serve. If you have any information about any unsolved crime or ongoing criminal activity, please call Crime Stop at 289-2100. We also encourage our citizens to see first hand the kind of issues their police department deal with during a typical tour of duty by taking part in our Community Ride-Along Program or simply ask for a tour of our facility. We are here for you!

Lt. Jim Sepi

Winslow Police Department

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