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Coconino County Grand Jury Returns Indictments For Eleven Suspects Arrested As Part Of “Operation Snowball”

Suspects indicted lived in Williams and Flagstaff

Friday, May 10, 2013 -

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On May 9, 2013, a Coconino County grand jury returned indictments against 11 suspects involved in a large and organized methamphetamine and cocaine distribution ring in Northern Arizona. The charges include sale of dangerous drugs, sale of narcotics and sale of prescription drugs. Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) detectives will be seeking additional indictments involving four suspects linked to the ring from the Maricopa County grand jury.

Last year, DPS detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division learned of a wide-ranging methamphetamine and cocaine ring in northern Arizona. Ten targets were identified as the main suppliers of those drugs. Much of this drug ring operated out of Williams. During the course of the investigation, detectives identified suspects in Maricopa County who supplied the Williams dealers. On May 1, nine search warrants were served in three counties and a total of $22,000 in cash was seized along with seven vehicles, 12 firearms, several residential surveillance systems, 10 ounces of methamphetamine, two ounces of cocaine, several ounces of marijuana, one marijuana growing operation inside a residence and one active methamphetamine laboratory. The suspects arrested during “Operation Snowball” face prison sentences ranging from five years to 15 years.

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.