FORT MOHAVE — Two people, including a suspected drug dealer, have been arrested following a traffic stop.

At about 8:25 p.m. Tuesday, Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team detectives reportedly spotted a Saturn with expired vehicle registration.

The vehicle was pulled over in the 4400 block of Highway 95, said spokeswoman Trish Carter of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives had the female driver exit the vehicle, Carter said. They noted Christopher Phillip Kassing, 39, sitting in the front passenger seat and Tracey Ann Cayer, 40, sitting in the back seat, she said.

As detectives were speaking with the driver, Carter said, they saw Kassing exit the vehicle. He reportedly refused to get back into the car at detectives’ command, then started reaching inside the vehicle.

He continued to refuse the commands, Carter said, and maintained his position. 

At that time, Carter said, an MCSO deputy arrived.

Kassing then reportedly refused additional commands, reaching into the vehicle. He was ordered away from the vehicle at gunpoint, Carter said, and complied with the order, walking a few feet away.

Kassing seemed to be about to kneel as he was ordered, but then ran through a dirt lot between two businesses, Carter said.

A detective caught up with Kassing about 100 feet from the vehicle, she said.

Kassing was taken into custody after a brief struggle, Carter said.

During conversation with deputies, Kassing reportedly said that he had run off because he had a warrant for his arrest.

A search of his person reportedly revealed a plastic bag containing marijuana. A records check showed Kassing and Cayer each to have an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for failure to pay fines.

A search of the vehicle reportedly revealed a plastic bag, containing a white crystal substance, in the front passenger seat area.

Carter said field tests determined that the bag contained about 24 grams of methamphetamine.

Deputies also reportedly found a broken pipe with white residue along with a couple of plastic bags, one of which contained a white residue. 

Kassing was booked on the warrant and on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs for sale, possession of marijuana, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He and Cayer were taken to the Mohave County Jail in Kingman.

The vehicle was towed from the scene.

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