38 people arrested in Arizona crime ring; 12 others sought

Posted at 7:48 AM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 10:55:38-04

A multi-agency task force led by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has arrested 38 people in connection with a violent crime and narcotics ring in Arizona.

Some of the arrests took place Tuesday in Glendale, Winslow and Page although the majority occurred in Flagstaff.

Authorities say 50 people were targeted in Maricopa, Coconino and Navajo counties after a year-long investigation into the crime ring.

They say six people are considered fugitives and six others are persons of interest.

Flagstaff police say many of the suspects have ties to a local street gang.

The 38 suspects arrested are facing a variety of felony charges including drug and weapons trafficking, burglary, aggravated assault and racketeering.