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.