AG: Man charged in 100 pound per month drug operation

Posted at 12:29 PM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-14 16:16:40-04

PHOENIX — A man allegedly responsible for dealing 100 pounds of meth, cocaine, and heroin per month has been arrested in west Phoenix.

Court records show that Tempe investigators, who conducted a 5-month investigation, have arrested Valeriano Landeros-Noriega, 41, after receiving a drug shipment near 83rd Avenue and Thomas Road on October 8.

Police say Noriega was found with 30 packages of meth, totaling 15 pounds. Police also served a search warrant at his nearby home, where they allegedly found additional meth, cocaine, and heroin.

Investigators say Noriega is a "leader of a Phoenix-based drug trafficking organization, responsible for the distribution of over 100 pounds of meth, cocaine, and heroin each month."

Noriega reportedly admitted to distributing the drugs for the past six months.

Court records show that Noriega has similar prior arrests, including deportation. He is being held without bond on seven drug-related charges.