Chandler drug trafficking ring: 12 arrested in 13-month investigation

CHANDLER, AZ - A dozen people have been taken into custody after Chandler police dismantled an alleged drug trafficking organization. 

According to Chandler police, in May 2017, their narcotics unit identified the organization, which was allegedly involved in the sales and distribution of illicit drugs in Chandler. 

"The drugs were being transported from their point of origin near the Mexican border before being packaged and, finally, distributed for sales," police said in a news release. 

Through their investigation, detectives identified 12 suspects who were connected to the organization. 

All 12 were arrested and booked into the Maricopa County Jail on July 24, police said. 

The suspects have been charged with various felonies which includes illegal control of an enterprise, conspiracy to commit possession of narcotic drugs, money laundering, and dangerous drugs for sale. 

Detectives seized two pounds of heroin and methamphetamine, fentanyl, "various" quantities of cocaine, marijuana, and seven firearms during the 13-month investigation. 

Chandler police partnered with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and Drug Enforcement Administration during the investigation. 

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