Man arrested with 'enough heroin to supply 10,000 users' pleads guilty

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-03 16:13:13-04

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.