Tempe police, DEA dismantle drug trafficking network

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(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - Tempe police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ended a 30-month investigation with the "take down" of an extensive drug trafficking network, a Tempe police spokeswoman said.

The network, comprised of several drug trafficking organizations with criminal ties to Mexico, was responsible for the sale and transportation of various drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, Molly Enright of the Tempe Police Department said.

The network reached in and around communities in metro Phoenix, and as far away as Los Angeles and Indianapolis, Enright said.

The investigation, dubbed "Operation Terminus," resulted in 77 state indictments and the recovery of $7.5 million, 485 pounds of methamphetamine, 110 pounds of cocaine, 4.5 pounds of heroin and 37 firearms, Enright said.

Tempe detectives initiated the investigation after obtaining information related to drug sales in and around the Tempe-Phoenix area, Enright said.

A news conference has been scheduled for Thursday to discuss the operation.