PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and other agencies seized marijuana, weapons, cars and cash as part of an ongoing investigation targeting an illegal narcotics enterprise operating in the Phoenix area.
Sheriff's deputies, working with multiple federal and local law enforcement agencies, executed search warrants at six locations throughout the Valley identified as cells operating under the direction of a "Mexican source of supply," according to MCSO.
Authorities seized 1,710 pounds of marijuana, 15 weapons including automatic assault rifles, $66,000 cash and several vehicles.
"All the narcotics seized and all the high velocity fire power points to the fact that this enterprise is a very dangerous group of drug traffickers operating in our community," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a news release. "They needed a law enforcement intervention and that's exactly what they got today."
MCSO officials said the six locations were being used as residences and stash houses.
Law enforcement officers arrested seven people suspected of participating in the illegal narcotics enterprise. They will face a grand jury on June 19.
"Through our collaborative efforts with state and local law enforcement, we've succeeded in striking a significant blow against a large-scale marijuana trafficking organization suspected of using Phoenix as a distribution center," said Lon D. Weigand, acting deputy special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations Phoenix.