$8 million of illegal narcotics seized by Maricopa County deputies in 8 weeks

Sheriff Joe Arpiao is asking the community to get more involved in drug fighting enforcement. Joe Arpaio says it took only two months for his drug enforcement unit to seize nearly $8 million worth of illegal drugs from the streets of Maricopa County.

From October 1, 2014, Sheriff’s deputies’ investigations led to the seizure of over 10,000 pounds of marijuana, 11 pounds of heroin, and 28 pounds of methamphetamine and ecstasy. Deputies made 119 arrests, most of whom are traffickers in the illegal narcotics trade. They also came across human remains in the desert, and confiscated weapons, 12 vehicles, and nearly $180,000 in cash.

“My deputies have stepped up and will continue the drug enforcement effort,” Arpaio says, “which will include the arrests of major drug suppliers, and street level dealers.”

Arpaio says he is very aware of the problem of drug use and sales in our schools and part of this new enforcement effort will focus on that problem.

Arpaio says the best way to fight this ongoing problem is to solicit the aid of the community. To that end, he commissioned a moving billboard and wrapped nine (9) vehicles with his plea to report anyone involved in the illegal trafficking and distribution of narcotics to the Sheriff’s drug hotline.

The vehicles, equipped with the Sheriff’s drug hotline number (602.262.3784) and message, travel hundreds of miles daily over valley roadways and state highways reaching thousands of people a day with the message to turn in anyone involved in illegal narcotics.

Those vehicles and the drug seizures will be on display tomorrow, Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM at the Sheriff’s Property and Evidence Building at 35 th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road during a press conference with Sheriff Arpaio about the new billboards and his crackdown on the narcotics trade.

“It seems society is becoming more tolerant of drug use,” Arpaio says, “but we are wrong to be complacent about this problem. Drugs are at the root of most violent crimes. As Sheriff over our jails, the vast majority of persons in
jail are there for drugs or drug related charges.”

Arpaio, who in the past was the Regional Director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Mexico City and later named head of the DEA in Arizona before becoming Sheriff. He has been fighting illegal narcotics his whole 50 year-long law enforcement career. “Few people know better than I that illegal drugs are an age old problem. But as a nation, we have to continue to be vigilant in fighting it.