Thursday, May 21, 2015

Heroin Bust in NY-Marijuana Bust in Phoenix-Drugs seized at Border-America's Illegal Drug Problem

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MCSO: Large marijuana grow busted south of downtown Phoenix
PHOENIX -- A seven-month surveillance investigation led Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detectives to a south Phoenix warehouse Wednesday morning and what they say was the biggest illegal pot-growing operation their team had ever seen. Deputies seized more than 500 pot plants and at least $100,000 worth of equipment, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said, as agents stacked hyrdoponic grow lights and young potted plants in the courtyard of a medium-size warehouse on South Seventh Avenue near Watkins Road in Phoenix. Deputies began serving search warrants at 6:30 a.m. on eight addresses that were mostly in Phoenix, where they arrested eight of 16 people who were wanted in the operation.
DEA officials arrested 280 individuals across four states in "Operation Pilluted," the operation that targets the distribution of illicit painkiller -Video
DEA officials arrested 280 individuals across four states in "Operation Pilluted," the operation that targets the distribution of illicit painkillers.
DEA confiscates 154 pounds of Mexican heroin, biggest drug bust in NY history
Federal agents said the major heroin ring in the Bronx had ties to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico that had been receiving sizable shipments at least once a month to supply users in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. On Sunday, agents arrested Jose A. "Hippie" Mercedes, 46, the suspected head of the ring, and Yenci Cruz Francisco, 19. Both are charged with trafficking and possession of a controlled substance. Two others were arrested in November, but no further details were available about them.
05/20/2015 02:00 PM EDT
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a Mexican man during a failed attempt to smuggle more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine May 19. Officers referred Alfredo Garcia, 39, a permanent resident...
05/20/2015 01:46 PM EDT
TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Douglas arrested Jose Alberto Acosta-Silvain, 44, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, after discovering nearly 290 pounds of marijuana throughout his Nissan sedan on May...
05/20/2015 03:29 PM EDT
TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican nationals and five U.S. citizens connected to separate smuggling attempts during the past five days at the Port of Nogales. Officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing...

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