A casual visit by agents from the Gila County Narcotics Task Force led to the arrest of seven suspects on various drug charges Wednesday night.
"We get information from time to time about high volumes of traffic in certain neighborhoods," an undercover officer said. "We use all of the resources we have to obtain information on whether there's any illegal activity going on there."
One of those resources, he said, is called a "knock and talk."
"That's where we go up to a residence in a very nonintrusive manner, knock on the door and talk calmly with occupants," he said.
During the knock and talk, officers will explain why they're there, and ask for permission to search the residence.
Wednesday, at about 10 p.m., four agents conducted a knock-and-talk at an apartment in the 200 block of South Ponderosa, obtained consent and turned up several items of drug paraphernalia, as well as methamphetamines and marijuana.
The seven suspects were arrested without incident, the agent said. Names of those arrested were not available at press time.
"Generally, people are very cooperative when we do these kinds of searches," he said. "And we should point out that we've done knock-and-talks when there's absolutely nothing unlawful going on where the high volume of traffic is the result of nothing more than, say, a quilters' meeting. It just depends."