Authorities announce 16 arrests so far in bust of drug organization

Authorities announce 16 arrests so far in bust of drug organization
Photos of seized items were on display at a news conference announcing a major drug bust involving Cochise and Pima counties. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Two southern Arizona sheriffs announced on Thursday, Jan. 10, that a year-long multi-agency investigation has resulted in the bust of a major drug organization suspected of moving drugs through the state.

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels and Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said there have been 16 arrests so far and they expect more to come.

Arrest warrants were served on:

  • Timothy Francis Henry, 50, of Sierra Vista
  • Raymond Herbert Thacker, 53, Tucson
  • Timothy Arthur Evicci, 47, St. David
  • Rebekah Leigh Fernandez, 42, St. David
  • Jamie Rene Leza, 58, Sierra Vista
  • Jesus Ernesto Loreto, 43, Bisbee
  • David Matthew Bailey, 43, Tucson
  • Jesse Jonas Lee Valenzuela, 33, Tucson
  • Amanda Miranda, 52, Tucson
  • Eric Ernesto Lopez, 44, Tucson
  • Jose J Pro, 38, Sierra Vista

No other names were made available on Thursday.

Multiple drugs, significant amounts of cash, about 50 weapons, and stolen vehicles were seized or recovered from homes in Sierra Vista, Naco, St. David, Sahuarita and Tucson.

Among the drugs seized were 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 250 THC vape oil vials, 1.5 pounds of heroin and at least 500 tablets of oxycodone.

'Significant case'

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Posted by Tucson News Now on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Seven SWAT/Tactical teams, three helicopters and more than 150 deputies, officers and agents were involved in serving the arrest and search warrants.

The sheriffs were joined at the news conference in Sierra Vista by representatives of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the state Attorney Generals Office. The task force was comprised of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the DPS.

The investigation originated in Cochise County and utilized undercover work by the CCSO, DEA and HIDTA agencies including the Douglas Police Department, Sierra Vista Police Department and the DPS.

The investigation is being continued by the task force.

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