- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Sixteen people have been arrested in the Tucson metropolitan area after federal and Pima County authorities say they dismantled a drug trafficking organization suspected of distributing and selling heroin, marijuana and firearms.

More than 100 law enforcement personnel from a dozen federal, state and local agencies participated in the operation Thursday.

Overall, investigators served a total of 32 state arrest warrants at 12 locations around the Tucson area.

Authorities say the 16 people arrested face state charges including racketeering, distribution of narcotics for sale, procession of narcotics for sale, use of wire and electronic communication in drug-related transactions and money laundering.

Investigators seized about two pounds of heroin, two pounds of cocaine, more than a half-dozen vehicles, multiple computers and cell phones plus several ledgers and scales.


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