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Arizona Department of Public Safety Officers Seize More Than 60 Pounds of Heroin From Several Homes in The West Valley

The Heroin Has a Street Value of About $1.5 million

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 -

Detectives from the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau served search warrants at three West Valley homes and seized more than 60 pounds of Heroin. The estimated street value of the drugs is about $1.5 million dollars. The investigation began with a traffic stop by a DPS Highway Patrol Officer several weeks ago.

In addition to the 60 pounds of Heroin, detectives also recovered about $250,000 in cash. At this point the investigation indicates the homes served as distribution centers after the heroin was transported to the Phoenix area from across the border. The heroin and cash was packaged and wrapped in electrical tape.

Two people have been arrested so far. They are 53-year-old Victor Orozco and 56-year-old Pedro Zazueta-Medina. Both are from Phoenix.

The two men were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail for transportation of a narcotic drugs for sale, money laundering, conducting an illegal enterprise and conspiracy.

The investigation is ongoing.

“The success of this investigation is a true testament to the fine work of the Arizona Department of Public Safety,” said Governor Brewer. “Our men and women in law enforcement daily perform a dangerous job to keep our state and citizens safe. I thank and applaud these detectives for continuing to safeguard Arizona from illegal narcotics and crime.”

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