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5/1/2013 9:36:00 AM
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Gang Task Force drug investigation leads to Williams drug bust
Law enforcement agents search multiple houses in Williams
Law enforcement agents make arrests in  Williams May 1 after a seven-month drug investigation. Agents arrested  30 people early in the morning in Coconino County and Maricopa County. Photo/Williams News
Law enforcement agents make arrests in Williams May 1 after a seven-month drug investigation. Agents arrested 30 people early in the morning in Coconino County and Maricopa County. Photo/Williams News
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Update: 12:07 p.m.

Law enforcement agents arrested 26 people from seven different locations in Williams this morning as part of a seven-month drug investigation.

The arrests took place at 6:30 a.m. Authorities seized "a wide gamut of drugs," including methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, wax (marijuana paste), ecstasy and prescription medications, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Carrick Cook.

One of the houses under investigation on Newton Street had the elements of a methamphetamine lab, Cook said. A hazardous materials team is currently processing the scene.

In addition to the large quantity of illegal drugs, authorities also found scales, currency and ledgers in some of the other houses.

Authorities are still processing the scene, and are unsure of the quantities of the drugs.

"I wouldn't even begin to know where to start," Cook said. "We're talking tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs."

Officials believe the drugs originated from a criminal street gang in Phoenix, but have not released the name of the gang.

The Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission, the Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Williams Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation all participated in the investigation.

Cook said he expects the agencies to make additional arrests in the future stemming from the investigation.




Law enforcement agents arrested a number of people in Williams early this morning as part of a multi-agency drug bust.

The Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission led the operation and served 17 search and arrest warrants in both Coconino and Maricopa Counties. Agents arrested 30 people during the operation.

According to a DPS press release, the arrests are the result of a seven-month investigation of drug sales originating from a criminal street gang on the Phoenix area. Drugs involved include methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, ecstacy and prescription medications.

Agents searched houses throughout Williams. One of the houses is across the street from Williams High School. School officials sent out a bulletin advising parents and students that school is still in session.

Cooperating agencies include the Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Williams Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Williams-Grand Canyon News will cover events as they unfold throughout the day.





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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Guilty As Charged

There may be a presumption of innocence, which is exactly why the cops spent seven months on surveillance and bought drugs, multiple times, from these people arrested.

Ironic that so few Williams cops were used. Could it be because Williams PD had a problem in the past where a cop was busted feeding intel about raids to gang members?


Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Wow name The gang??

Really Mexican cartel??? I don't think race is the problem here!!! It can be anybody!!!!

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Grateful Citizen

We had a family member that was addicted to crystal meth, for a couple of years. We lost many nights of sleep, and spent alot of time crying over their health, and wellbeing. They are now sober, and leading a happy life. Some are not so lucky. You might have saved another family from this heartache. Thank You!

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: Name The Gang

Anyone want to bet the reason the gang isn't being named is because its Mexican Cartel?

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: where are the names?

Where are the names of the people arrested? People do need to remember that just because you are arrested doesn't mean you are guilty. There is still a presumption of innocence that should not be forgotten.

Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Article comment by: Bobby Patricca

Kudos to all the people involved in this bust. The drug use in Williams extends far beyond the 60 people in the Williams area who have their "green card" for medical marijuana. Hardcore drugs are rampant in our community, no matter how much people want to deny it. Let's hope that this bust puts a big dent in the drug problem our town has, and gets these people out of our neighborhoods.


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