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Nearly 30 targeted in Yavapai-Apache Nation sweep

PHOENIX — Authorities say 22 people have been arrested after a federal,
tribal and state investigation into drug trafficking and related violent crime
on and near the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

They say five other suspects are facing tribal criminal charges and two are
facing state charges.

Authorities said Monday that almost all of the people charged were taken into
custody over the past several days or were already in custody on other charges.

Three remain fugitives.

Tribal officials say methamphetamine has plagued the Yavapai-Apache Nation for
years and authorities have been trying to crack down on traffickers.

The FBI’s Northern Arizona Safe Streets Task Force, the Yavapai County Drug
Task Force and the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Police Department led the
coordinated enforcement action.


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