UPDATE: DPS, DEA arrest 11 during drug investigation in Tucson neighborhoods

Pima County Sheriff’s Department played a role in the investigation

UPDATE: DPS, DEA arrest 11 during drug investigation in Tucson neighborhoods
Agents from the DEA, assisted by the DPS and Pima County Sheriff's Department were serving a search warrant at a home near Garnette Street and Tovar Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 28. (Source: KOLD News 13)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency arrested 11 people in connection to a year-long investigation into drug trafficking leader Luis Agustin Montaño-Hernandez and his associates.

The investigation, which started in December 2018, discovered that the Montaño-Hernandez organization operated mainly in Tucson, supplying heroin and crystal methamphetamine to Pima and Cochise Counties.

Authorities took in the following suspects at six different locations without incident, according to a news release:

Luis Montaño-Hernandez, 36

Orlando Montaño-Hernandez, 32

Tatiana Tapia, 33

Jesus Emmanuel Tapia, 19

Antonio Rubio, 67

Tracey Trevena, 60

Irene Norzagaray, 65

Raymond Taylor, 68

Carlos Navallaz, 22

William Kehn, 59

Jeffrey Stirnweis, 62

Agents and detectives confiscated over 1 pound of heroin, a small amount of methamphetamine, a quarter pound of “suspected fentanyl,” about $21,000 in cash, eight vehicles and nine weapons.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, its agents helped the Drug Enforcement Administration serve search warrants at about 7 a.m. at a home near west Garnette Street and north Tovar Avenue, just east of Flowing Wells.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security also assisted with the investigation.

All evidence will be turned over to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

The DEA is encouraging anyone with information concerning suspected drug trafficking to contact DEA or any law enforcement entity in Arizona. Information can be provided in person or by telephone to any DEA office, or anonymously on DEA’s website www.dea.gov/submit-tip.

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