Heroin bust in Fountain Hills nets 10 arrests, drugs and $56K

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by Alicia E. Barrón

azfamily.com

Posted on June 11, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 11 at 8:24 PM

FOUNTAIN HILLS – Ten people were taken into custody after a big heroin bust in Fountain Hills by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio reportedly ordered an undercover drug investigation in Fountain Hills into the sale and consumption of heroin by both teens and adults.

The Special Investigations Division worked with Fountain Hills deputies to conduct their undercover investigation into alleged heroin trafficking in the area.

MCSO says they were able to get a list of alleged heroin dealers and users through “various techniques.”
Detectives were able to identify several individuals who were buying, selling and transporting heroin in Fountain Hills.

The arrests are a culmination of a three-month-long investigation in which deputies also busted about 56 grams of heroin with a street value of $56,000 as well as drug paraphernalia.

As of Friday, MCSO had arrested 10 suspects who now face charges ranging from possession of narcotic drugs to narcotic drugs for sale and conspiracy to possess narcotic drug for sale. Additional arrests are expected.

Among those in custody are David Ryan Leddy, 24, Marie Gonzales Secillia, 19, John Toland Hutchinson, 22, and Joseph Franklin Ahlgren, 18, from Fountain Hills. Also arrested were Angela Marie Farmer, 26, Baris Sendag, 35, and James McQueen, 29, from Scottsdale and Phoenix residents Francisco Nolasco Cruz, 21, and Luis Alonso Lopez Montes, 21. Nathaniel Freeman, 23, was arrested and then released pending drug analysis.
 

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