PHOENIX — A man has admitted to running a drug operation that provided enough heroin to supply thousands of Valley drug users in a deal reached with prosecutors.
Horacio Carrasco Barraza, age 41, pleaded guilty last month to illegally conducting an enterprise.
In a plea agreement obtained by ABC15, Barraza agreed to spend four years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.
Last September the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was contacted by an unspecified agency about a vehicle coming through the Phoenix area with narcotics.
On September 12, deputies located the vehicle on Interstate 10 near 35th Avenue and followed it to a parking lot.
There investigators saw a bag being transferred from one vehicle to another. They later stopped the car the bag was moved to and watched as Barraza destroyed a cell phone.
In the car, investigators found four bricks of heroin weighing a total of ten pounds.
MCSO says the heroin is worth about $18,000 per pound and is "enough to supply more than 10,000 users," according to court paperwork.
Barraza is scheduled to be formally sentenced on June 26.