- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - Federal officials say seven suspects in a drug trafficking operation out of southern Arizona, including the man believed to be the leader, have been arrested.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday that 29-year-old Erick Erives and six others, ranging from age 20 to 54, are accused of money laundering, fraud and several drug-related charges.

DEA agents say Erives led a drug trafficking organization that included drivers and stash houses in Tucson, Sierra Vista, Huachuca City and Naco.

According to a 28-count indictment, the organization recruited several people at a Sierra Vista skate park.

The suspects DEA officials say the investigation into Erives’ organization began in September 2014.

It has netted 1,600 pounds of marijuana and other drugs including heroin.

Erives is the son of DEA fugitive Ignacio Alfredo Erives-Martinez.

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