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Recent drug bust tied to Mexican cartel activity in Golden Valley, Arizona

July 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Recent drug bust tied to Mexican cartel activity in Golden Valley, Arizona Drug trafficking suspect Omar Sanchez-Burgos

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A drug bust that resulted in the seizure of close to $50,000 worth of meth and heroin in Golden Valley, Arizona last week has ties to an international drug trafficking organization.

InSight Crime, a foundation that specializes in the study of organized crime, reported that the Sinaloa Cartel is the largest and most powerful drug cartel in the Western Hemisphere.

The cartel was established in Sinaloa state and now works in 17 Mexican states, and – according to intelligence agencies – maintains a presence in many as 50 different countries.

In the past few years, however, the Sinaloa Cartel has become entangled in a string of brutal turf wars.

The cartel’s infamous leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, once considered by Department of Treasury as the “most powerful trafficker in the world,” was finally busted by Mexican Marines and federal police in 2016 after multiple prison breaks dating back to 1993.

Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman arrives in New York after his extradition in January 2016 (DEA)

Omar Antonio Sanchez-Burgos, 34, was arrested for possession of drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of narcotics, child abuse, and misconduct with a weapon.

Law enforcement officials would not release any further information about the arrest.

Sanchez-Burgos was reportedly the leader of the Golden Valley group that supplied numerous pounds of heroin and meth to Golden Valley, Kingman, and Bullhead City residents.

Drug trafficking suspect Omar Sanchez-Burgos (Handout)

According to the Daily Miner, He had connections ties with the Sinaloa Cartel in buying the drugs. Several individuals that had been arrested before this bust were identified as street dealers for Sanchez-Burgos and his group.

He remains in custody on $50,000 bond. Sanchez-Burgos is facing three to 15 years behind bars for the possession of dangerous drugs for sale and possession of narcotics for sale.

Investigators had been working a two-month probe into a drug trafficking organization, that resulted in the seizure of over one pound of meth, roughly one-quarter pound of heroin, approximately one pound of pot, and several guns.

The value of the meth is approximate $40,000, and the heroin is estimated to be worth $9,600.

Nine people, including Sanchez-Burgos, were arrested for multiple felony charges,

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