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Authorities announce drug arrests, seizures

PHOENIX — Authorities said 12 people have been arrested as part of a
yearlong multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Arizona.

The Drug Enforcement Administration along with U.S. Border Patrol and the
Internal Revenue Service have been conducting an investigation into the Luis
Armando Cruz drug-trafficking organization. Authorities said the group worked on
behalf of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel.

Officials accused the Phoenix-based organization of being responsible for importing
thousands of pounds of marijuana from Mexico into the U.S., while smuggling the
proceeds back across the border.

Authorities said in addition to the arrests, they seized thousands of pounds of
marijuana, weapons, homes, vehicles and more than $200,000.

The suspects face counts including intent to distribute marijuana and
conspiracy to launder money.


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