Arizona DPS bust nets drugs, high-powered weapons from Tucson home

Nov 2, 2022, 8:00 PM
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PHOENIX – Authorities arrested two people and seized methamphetamines, fentanyl pills, weapons and ammunition from a Tucson-area home during a recent investigation.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said in a press release Wednesday that Francisco F. Abril, 34, and Gloria A. Ortiz, 43, were booked into Pima County Jail following the Oct. 29 bust.

Detectives served a search warrant after investigating allegations the two were selling firearms and distributing illegal drugs, DPS said.

Abril faces counts of possession of a narcotic drug for sale, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person, illegal control of an enterprise and endangerment.

Ortiz faces two counts of endangerment.

DPS and the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement said the search produced nearly 21 pounds of methamphetamine; one-quarter pound of multicolored fentanyl pills; 2.3 pounds of blue fentanyl pills; and .0051 pounds (or 0.0816 ounces) of cocaine.

Detectives said they hauled in eight rifles, including one with a silencer and two scoped rifles; a 1 MAC-11 (machine pistol) with a suppressor, six shotguns and seven semiautomatic pistols; 80 magazines that included multiple 30-round mags; 7,153 rounds of ammo; six smoke grenades; three bulletproof vests and a battering ram.

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Arizona DPS bust nets drugs, high-powered weapons from Tucson home