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DEA and state authorities dismantle major meth trafficking network in Arizona

May 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
DEA and state authorities dismantle major meth trafficking network in Arizona Jesus Ceniceros-Quiroz (top left), Jesus Eduardo Castro-Ceniceros (top right), Jesus Antonio Fornes (bottem left), Jose De Jesus Moreno-Ayala (middle) & Isabel Ceniceros-Alvarado (bottom right). (Source: AG's Office, AZ Family)

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Federal and state authorities in Arizona have dismantled a major meth trafficking network operating out of the Phoenix metro area.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich made the announcement on Monday.

Officials said an investigation which began last October resulted in the indictments of five co-conspirators for their roles in the meth trafficking ring operating in west Phoneix, Tempe, Avondale, and Tolleson, AZ Central reports.

Jesus Ceniceros-Quiroz (top left), Jesus Eduardo Castro-Ceniceros (top right), Jesus Antonio Fornes (bottem left), Jose De Jesus Moreno-Ayala (middle) & Isabel Ceniceros-Alvarado (bottom right). (Source: AG’s Office, AZ Family)

Brnovich said the suspects indicted including Jesus Ceniceros-Quiroz, Isabel Ceniceros-Alvarado, Jesus Eduardo Castro-Ceniceros, Jesus Antonio Fornes, and Jose De Jesus Moreno-Ayala, face 27 felony charges including conspiracy, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, money laundering, and misconduct involving weapons, and illegally running a criminal enterprise.

Authorities also secured the seizure of over 30 pounds of meth and 18 illegal firearms during a series of raids conducted on May 2nd.

Law enforcement officials said the indictments were the result of a joint investigation involving the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Phoenix Division and Tempe police federal which began last October.

The Attorney General said the drug trafficking ring distributed about 50 pounds of meth per month, which earned the suspects over $100,000 in illegal monthly drug sales

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