TUCSON, Ariz. -- The DEA has arrested seven suspects and seized 89 pounds of white heroin during an 11-month investigation they called "Operation Smack Talk," according to a press release.
"Operation Smack Talk" targeted a large-scale Mexican heroin trafficking organization that was responsible for moving hundreds of pounds of heroin from Tucson to different cities on the west coast.
On June 13, DEA special agents worked with Homeland Security Investigations and the Tucson Police Department to execute a federal search on what they suspected to be a stash house in Tucson. Agents found the heroin hidden inside of a bedroom closet within the house.
The heroin was smuggled into Arizona from Mexico by using hidden compartments in cars crossing the border. It was then taken to a home in Tucson for storage.
So far, over the course of the 11-month investigation, DEA agents have seized 123 pounds of heroin in total. The street value of the drugs is over $7.5 million. $300 thousand in drug proceeds and seven vehicles have also been seized.
The seven arrested are facing trafficking charges in Tucson federal court. The investigation is still ongoing.