Police: Drug cell leader arrested in Phoenix, was making $20K per week

Posted at 11:07 AM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-07 20:03:50-05

Police arrested a man making $20,000 per week in cocaine sales throughout the Phoenix area.

Court records show that a man who illegally crossed the border 25 times, was arrested after a three-month drug investigation where it was found that he was making about $20,000 per week selling drugs.

Police report that 44-year-old Jesus Bustamante was arrested on November 1 when police raided his home near 48th Street and McDowell Road. 

The three-month drug investigation lead police to Bustamante, whom they say is the "leader of a drug cell distributing cocaine throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area."

Police say the drug cell had many customers and was making over $20,000 per week. Police found about $178,000 in cash hidden throughout his home.

Police also raided a stash house near 25th Street and Indian School Road, where they reportedly found about a kilogram of cocaine powder, crack cocaine and cocaine base, along with scales and packaging materials. 

After his arrest Bustamante allegedly admitted to selling drugs, saying he's been doing it for five months. He also reportedly told police that he crossed the border illegally, walking through the desert in the Nogales area. He said he had been deported about 25 times in the past.

Bustamante has been charged with various drug related charges including, conspiracy, money laundering and drug possession for sale.