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Arizona Department of Public Safety HIDTA Narcotics Task Force seizes 85 pounds of Cocaine and arrests three suspects in Peoria

Cocaine has a street value of $1,000,000

Thursday, December 09, 2010 -


On December 8, 2010, the DPS HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) served a search warrant at 8014 W. Yucca in Peoria. This action was the result of a five month long investigation that involved DPS, the Arizona Attorney General’s office and Phoenix Police.

Detectives were searching for money, drugs and suspects believed to be linked to a Mexican based Drug Cartel.

Approximately 85 pounds of Cocaine were seized along with two vehicles and $28,068 in US currency.

Three suspects were arrested with a total of 18 Felony charges.

Omar Carin Murillo Montoya, 35, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

Guillermo Alonso Palomino Cota, 35, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico

Benjamin Dominquez Ruiz, 43, Portales, New Mexico

Charges:

ARS 13-3408 A1 Possession of Narcotic Drugs

ARS 13-3408 A2 Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale

ARS 13-3488 A7 Transportation of Narcotic Drugs

ARS 13-1003 Conspiracy

ARS 13-2312 Illegal Control of an Enterprise

ARS 13-2317 Money Laundering

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