- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities and Tempe police announced Thursday that they have dismantled an intricate drug trafficking network from across the Mexican border.

Representatives from Tempe police, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration held a news conference to release the results of a 30-month joint investigation that has led to more than 70 criminal indictments.

Authorities said the network was made up of several drug trafficking operations that associated with the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.

The network, comprised of several drug trafficking organizations with criminal ties to Mexico, was responsible for the sale and transportation of various drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, said Tempe police spokeswoman Molly Enright.

The network reached in and around communities in the Phoenix metropolitan area and as far away as Los Angeles and Indianapolis, according to Enright.

She said the investigation, dubbed “Operation Terminus,” resulted in 77 state indictments and the recovery of $7.5 million, 485 pounds of methamphetamine, 110 pounds of cocaine, 4.5 pounds of heroin and 37 firearms, Enright said.

Tempe detectives initiated the investigation after obtaining information related to drug sales in and around the Tempe and Phoenix areas.

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