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DPS State Gang Task Force makes 26 arrests in Coconino and Maricopa Counties

Today’s arrests were the result of a 7-month investigation into illegal drug sales by street gangs

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 -

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Today, May 1, 2013, the Department of Public Safety’s Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM), along with the FBI Safe Streets Violent Gang Task Force, served 17 search and arrest warrants in both Coconino County and Maricopa County. A total of 26 people were arrested during the operation with additional arrests to be made in the near future.

Today’s arrests and search warrants served as the culmination of a seven-month investigation into illegal drugs sales originating from criminal street gangs in the Phoenix area. The drugs seized during the investigation were methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, wax (marijuana paste), ecstasy and prescription medications.

This operation was a success due in part to the cooperation of the FBI, Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Williams Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, ATF, ICE and the U.S. Marshals Service. This collaborative effort was focused on removing these dangerous individuals from our neighborhoods.

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.