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Phoenix-area brothers arrested for possessing nearly 200 pounds of meth

Mar 8, 2017, 8:27 PM | Updated: Mar 9, 2017, 9:14 am
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PHOENIX — Two brothers from the Phoenix area were arrested Tuesday following an investigation of nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine that had been smuggled into the United States from Mexico.

Jayro Haro-Lopez, 34, and his 28-year-old brother Hernan Haro-Lopez were taken into custody on state charges of possesion of dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute, resisting arrest and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

The brothers were arrested following an investigation by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

“This case is a direct result of the ongoing collaborative efforts by HSI with its federal and local partners,” said Louie Garcia, acting special agent in charge for HSI Phoenix. “Drug smuggling poses both a security and a public safety concern in our communities. We’re continuing to use all of the resources and tools at our disposal to address these threats.”

The investigation, which was months in the making, led authorities to tail two vehicles driven by the suspects with the drugs inside.

When authorities moved to stop the vehicles, police say Hernan pulled over immediately, while Jayro attempted to flee, causing two separate car accidents. He then attempted to run away, but was quickly caught.

If convicted, they each face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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Phoenix-area brothers arrested for possessing nearly 200 pounds of meth