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Updated Jul 10, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Operation nets arrests in trucker drug ring

Car washes near Eloy were anything but squeaky clean, said the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said truckers would meet up at the washes to buy meth and cocaine, drugs to stay awake during long hauls.

"We do not want people driving commercial 18-wheelers to be high on methamphetamine," said Elias Johnson with PCSO.

Johnson said over a dozen people were busted after a month-long investigation called Operation: Big Rig.

"The target group that these folks were trying to lure and sell to were people with commercial trucking licenses," he said."

Johnson said the drugs were not being transported elsewhere.

Detectives seized substantial amounts of cash and drugs.

About half of the drug-selling suspects were turned over to Border Patrol.

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I'm a morning reporter covering stories for Arizona's Morning News with Ned and Connie.

Originally from Minneapolis/St. Paul, I came to Arizona in March of 2011 from Columbus, Ohio, where I previously covered politics and Ohio State football (pretty much the only two things in the Buckeye State's capital city).

I first visited Phoenix in January 2010, when Ohio State played Texas in the Fiesta Bowl (a heartbreaker). Seventy degrees and a room at the Camelback Inn in the middle of winter? I can live with that (no one told me about August).

My most memorable stories since arriving in the Valley have been Gabrielle Giffords' return to Tucson and resignation and the Supreme Court hearings on S.B. 1070 in Washington, but being on the anchor desk during the massive dust storm that swept through Phoenix last July was probably the biggest rush.

I primarily enjoy political and financial stories but if you ask me, the best thing about being a reporter is the daily interaction you have with people. One of my favorite parts of the job is covering something different and meeting someone new every day. It's incredibly rewarding to hear that one of your stories touched someone in the community.

Gayle Bass and I also co-host Arizona's Morning News Weekend, 6-8 a.m. Saturdays.


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