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18 arrested for cocaine trafficking in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — A year-long investigation by federal authorities has
resulted in the arrest of 18 people connected to a cocaine trafficking
organization operating in Cochise County including a sheriff’s detention
officer.

The investigation targeted drug trafficking activity in the Sierra Vista and
Bisbee areas, but suspects from Tucson also were arrested.

Drug Enforcement Administration officials say traffickers would import cocaine
from Mexico, transport the drug to Tucson and then distribute the cocaine to
street level dealers and end users throughout Bisbee and Sierra Vista.

Cochise County Sheriff’s officials announced Tuesday that detention officer
Mario Serrano has already resigned after his arrest in the drug case. He had
been with the Sheriff’s Office since December 2001.

Authorities said Wednesday that three suspects remain at large.

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