PHOENIX (AP/FOX 10) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says it has seized a cache of narcotics and weapons and arrested six people after a monthslong investigation into a local criminal group.
Doug Coleman, the DEA’s special agent in charge in Arizona, on Monday said the bust was carried out on Friday by his agents and Scottsdale police, with the support of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Officers serving search warrants on four homes captured about 1,000 suspected fentanyl pills, about 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of cocaine, $28,000 in cash and sixteen weapons, including stolen firearms, as well as body armor and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
“The safety and protection of American citizens by targeting drug traffickers, violent gang members and other criminal organizations is our highest priority,” said Coleman. “These criminals who prey on our communities will be discovered, and along with our law enforcement partners, the men and women of DEA will bring them to justice.”
The six suspects include Jose Gonzalez-Ramos, an admitted member of the violent M-13 street gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha; Yasary Bejarano, Luis Adrian Gonzalez Perez, Carlos Daniel Pineda Martinez, Jorge Marin Cuevas, and John Hernandez Vera.