Two people arrested for transporting nearly five pounds of methamphetamine and heroin according to MSCO. Photos courtesy of Mohave County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Mohave County

Meth, Heroin and a Gun Found During Traffic Stop

Jennifer Leigh Hoover and Nicholas Mitchell Markham both of Kingman, were arrested for transporting nearly five pounds of methamphetamine and heroin according to MSCO. Photos courtesy of Mohave County Sheriff’s Office

KINGMAN — Mohave County Sheriff deputies nabbed two suspects transporting nearly five pounds of methamphetamine and heroin Wednesday afternoon.

According to MCSO spokeswoman Anita Mortensen, deputies stopped a tan SUV near Beale Street and Clare Avenue in Kingman after spotting the vehicle while on patrol near the Highway 93 and Highway 68 interchange. Deputies recognized the van and the driver , Jennifer Leigh Hoover, 34, and passenger, Nicholas Mitchell Markham, 35, both of Kingman, from previous incidents.

Deputies knew Markham to have an active arrest warrant and noticed the vehicle’s brake lights didn’t work.

Deputies saw an empty gun holster on the passenger floor board while talking to the occupants and had them exit the SUV for officer safety due to the uncertainty of a weapon being present.

Deputies then saw a syringe loaded with a black substance inside the passenger door pocket. The couple was detained and a small amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia was allegedly found in Hoover’s pocket. Deputies also allegedly found an empty syringe in Markham’s pocket.  

Deputies searched the SUV and found a black backpack in the back seat. The backpack reportedly contained a large plastic bag containing a white crystal substance, which tested positive for approximately two pounds of methamphetamine and several individual packages of a black tar-like substance which tested positive for 5.7 ounces of heroin. A second package was on the rear floor-board and tested positive for approximately two pounds of methamphetamine.

Photo courtesy of Mohave County Sheriff’s Office

Two scales were allegedly found in the vehicle along with a second backpack containing a revolver, several phones and tablets. Deputies reportedly found a handgun inside a locked glove box.

Markham reportedly claimed ownership of all the items located inside the vehicle.

A records check revealed Markham as a prohibited weapons possessor.

According to MCSO, deputies found more than four pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of approximately $183,000 and 5.7 ounces of heroin with a street value of approximately $30,000.

Markham was arrested for two counts of possession of a Weapon by a Prohibited Person, Possession of a Weapon in use of a Drug Offense, Dangerous Drug Possession, Dangerous Drug Possession for Sale, Transporting a Dangerous Drug, Narcotic Drug Possession, Narcotic Drug Possession for Sale, Transporting a Narcotic Drug, all felonies, and an active arrest warrant.

Hoover was arrested for Narcotic Drug Possession and Drug Paraphernalia Possession, both felonies. Both subjects were transported to the Mohave County Jail. The Mohave Area General Narcotics Enforcement Team (MAGNET) also responded to the scene for further investigation.

Source: Mohave County Sheriff’s Office