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Updated Jul 6, 2012 - 1:28 pm

Sinaloa Cartel-linked cell busted in Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. – Authorities say they have busted up an elaborate drug
trafficking cell in Tempe that is linked to the deadly Sinaloa Cartel from

Tempe police announced Friday that 20 people have been arrested and $2.4
million was found after a six month investigation involving local and federal

After obtaining 15 search warrants, police said they also seized an airplane,
14 weapons and three tons of marijuana.

Doug Coleman, Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge, said the
bust was part of an effort called “Operation Nayarit Stampede” aimed at
attacking a drug trafficking organization that stretched across the Mexico
border and into Arizona.

Officials said the operation sent drugs to New York, Alabama, California and
throughout other parts of the country.


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