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Seven people indicted for running nationwide heroin trafficking ring

January 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Seven people indicted for running nationwide heroin trafficking ring

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Federal and state authorities announced the indictments of seven people in the takedown of a nationwide heroin trafficking ring that stretched from Arizona to Ohio.

The indictments were handed down by a state grand jury, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in an announcement on Thursday.

Brnovich said the criminal indictments charge the co-conspirators with 68 counts including the sale of a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous drug for sale, money laundering, forgery, illegally conducting an enterprise, illegal control of an enterprise, fraudulent schemes, and artifices.

Top, l-r: Gabino Viramontes, Maurice Hawks, Ana Cabanillas. Bottom l-r: Maria Duron, Humberto Villanueva, Mayra Villanueva. (Source:

Among the suspects facing charges in the indictment for their alleged roles in the drug trafficking ring include Maurice Hawks, Gabino Viramontes, Catalina Barrera-Cruz, Ana Cabanillas, Mayra Villanueva, Maria Duron, and Humberto Villanueva.

The charges stem from a federal heroin trafficking investigation led by the FBI’s Phoenix Field Division, Tuscon News reported.

Law enforcement officials also said the investigation ultimately led to the discovery of large amounts of heroin, cocaine, and steroids at a home.

The co-conspirators also stand accused of laundering more than $650,000 in cash to conceal income and fraudulently obtain food stamps and medical coverage.

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