4 detained in Phoenix drug operation implicated in double shooting

Search warrants served

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Police and federal agents served search warrants at two homes in Phoenix Wednesday morning as part of an ongoing large-scale drug investigation.


by Jennifer Thomas


Posted on August 22, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 12:26 PM

PHOENIX -- Four people who were detained by Phoenix police and federal agents Wednesday as part of a large-scale drug investigation have been implicated in a recent shooting, according to officials.

Detectives from the Phoenix Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations detained several people after serving two federal search warrants targeting subjects who were involved in drug trafficking and were investigative leads in a July 30 shooting.

Rifles, handguns, substantial amounts of illegal drugs and packaging materials were recovered Wednesday morning at homes near Happy Valley Road and 35th Avenue and Indian School Road and 99th Avenue, according to Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump.

During interviews with the people who were detained, authorities obtained information that implicated four of them in the double shooting at an apartment near Van Buren and 30th streets, according to Crump.

Kayonte Scott, 19, Jonathan Mejinez-Sanchez, 20, Jovanny Andrade, 22, and Bruno Brizuela, 18, were booked for two counts of attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of shooting into an occupied structure and first-degree burglary.

A fifth suspect, Mayra Miranda, had an outstanding felony warrant for drug charges.

While investigating the shooting, witnesses reported seeing a white Lincoln Navigator speeding in reverse through the parking lot just after shots were fired then crashing backward into a fence at the apartment complex. Several people were seen running in various directions from the complex.  

Police found the unoccupied vehicle with an assault rifle in the front passenger area.

Crump said the front windows and door of the apartment had multiple bullet strikes and empty rifle bullet casings were on the ground in the courtyard in front of the apartment. Officers found a handgun on the ground in the front living room.

The victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds, but both survived their injuries.