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Arizona Department Of Public Safety Detectives Serve Search Warrants In The Ongoing Copper Theft Investigation

Investigation Follows September Theft At The ASARCO Hayden Mine

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 -

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On April 16, 2013, the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Division and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau served two search warrants in the ongoing copper theft investigation involving the ASARCO Hayden mine. The initial investigation began in September 2012 when it was discovered that a group of people were acting in concert to steal large amounts of copper anodes from Hayden. At that time it was believed that approximately 700 anodes were stolen of which DPS recovered 488. It appeared the thefts had begun around April 2012.

Lead Detective James Oien’s investigation has discovered the copper thefts could have begun as early as 2006. He has identified three possible exporters of the stolen copper which could now be in excess of $10 million dollars. Yesterday’s search warrants were served on other local recycling companies which may have retained records of these previous transactions.

Those businesses involved include: Mariposa Recycling in Nogales, Ariz., and its parent company Recyco Inc. located in Tucson.


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.