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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 9, 2010 -

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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


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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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.