19 Pima, Cochise County residents indicted for running cartel drug ring

TUCSON — An Arizona Grand Jury  indicted 19 people from Pima and Cochise counties for allegedly operating a drug trafficking organization with ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel.

On Wednesday, January 9, agents from several law enforcement agencies simultaneously served multiple search warrants in Pima and Cochise Counties. Two weeks later, a State Grand Jury returned two indictments against the 19 defendants.

The indictments comprise 169 criminal counts for charges including RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) offenses for:

  • illegally conducting an enterprise and money laundering
  • drug related charges involving sales of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, Oxycodone, and marijuana
  • misconduct involving weapons, tampering with physical evidence
  • incidental charges for conspiracy and using wire communications in drug related transactions

In Cochise County, Timothy Henry was arrested and charged with more than 19 counts stemming from a methamphetamine distribution ring that he allegedly controlled in Sierra Vista.

The other nine individuals indicted in Cochise County are alleged mid-level methamphetamine distributors.

In Pima County, Francisco Ivan Osorio-Nava and Fabian Castro-Lopez are both Mexican nationals who were allegedly working directly for the Mexico-based Sinaloa drug cartel in Tucson. The other eight defendants indicted in Pima County are also alleged mid-level drug distributors, selling methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and Oxycodone.

A year-long joint investigation led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) resulted in the arrests and indictments.

The investigation included the efforts of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, Douglas Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety, with special operations support from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, Tucson Police Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol.

 

5 Comments

  1. Well the worst part of it is that so much of our govt and the people that are hired to guard the border are also all part of the whole thing…. What good will A wall do when most of the trouble is already right here and includes undocumented, documented, as well as USA born natural citizens which are even in law enforcement. The whole country has the same issue but right in AZ IT MUST BE one of the most CORRUPTED and crooked states… Or as they say”Independent”. Even turning a bli nd eye to murders or being involved. Some mistakes to cases that go cold are just pathetic and appear very intentional.

  2. The feds are being too kind to these types – in my book, they’re essentially guilty of premeditated murder when distributing these drugs and should receive an invitation to explore one of the many abandoned copper mines AZ have to offer….just sayin

  3. Say it isn’t so…this can be happening! Pelosi and the Dems say there’s nothing going on at or around the border.

    • There you go crying again stop that shit its life…someone else will start another one wall or not…stop fucking crying and stop doing drug and there’s won’t be demand for it

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