- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Two dozen people have been indicted in a drug trafficking investigation on the Fort Apache reservation.

A federal drug trafficking charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison upon conviction. Other charges include firearms and assault, which carry a maximum 10-year prison term.

Some of the defendants have been arraigned and pleaded not guilty.

Arizona U.S. Attorney John Leonardo said Friday that law enforcement officials coordinated to disrupt drug trafficking on the reservation that’s home to the White Mountain Apache Tribe. He says the indictments reflect a commitment to public safety.

Of the 24 indicted, 18 have been arrested.

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