MCSO: 39 suspected drug dealers in Phoenix area in custody

PHOENIX - Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 39 suspected drug dealers are in custody, including 11 working in so-called compassion clubs that illegally sell marijuana.

Sheriff's detectives also seized drugs, weapons and cash following three separate but related investigations.

They say the operation targeted street-level drug dealers selling in skate parks, high crime neighborhoods and known drug trafficking areas in the Phoenix metro area.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the crackdown began March 3.

It resulted in the seizure of 1,000 pounds of marijuana, almost 30 pounds of hydroponic marijuana and several weapons, including automatic handguns and a high-powered rifle.

Also seized was nearly $230,000 in cash, a Mesa home, eight vehicles and an ATM machine containing marijuana.

Three Phoenix compassion clubs and three grow houses in Laveen and Phoenix were targeted.

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