MOHAVE VALLEY — Five Mohave Valley men have been arrested after a pair of drug warrant searches Friday morning.

Authorities had identified Darren Roy Hartwick, 36, as a prominent heroin dealer in the Mohave Valley area, according to spokeswoman Anita Mortensen of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 7:45 a.m. Friday, the Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement team and the MCSO’s Tactical Operations Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of Jerome Avenue. Hartwick was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child abuse, all felonies. 

Also arrested at that scene were:

  • Luke Malachi Hartwick, 30, on suspicion of felony possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Steven James Hartwick, 41, on suspicion of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, both felonies.
  • Cory James Zschernig, 24, on suspicion of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia and on two unspecified arrest warrants.

Mor-tensen said sheriff’s deputies found about 4.89 ounces of heroin, with a street value of more than $20,000, along with 31 fentanyl patches, which potentially contain a lethal dosage if not used as prescribed.

A small child was removed from the home and later released to a parent, Mortensen said. 

An earlier search at a residence in the 5600 block of Pearl Street resulted in the arrest of Robert Charles Hutchings, 25, on suspicion of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia and on an unspecified arrest warrant.

Investigators found Hutchings attempting to hide himself inside a couch, Mortensen said. They then discovered that Hutchings had attempted to eat a half-gram of heroin, she said.

Also at the Pearl Street residence, Elliot Chase Froby, 35, of Las Vegas, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for violation of promise to appear.

Each of the suspects was being held without bond. Froby was awaiting a Nov. 5 appearance in Bullhead City Justice Court, jail staff said Saturday.

The others were due to appear in court Saturday. Details of those proceedings were not immediately available.

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