7 Arrested in East Valley to Show Low drug ring bust

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SHOW LOW - The following is a press release from the Department of Public Safety:

On Feb. 25-27, the Arizona Department of Public Safety Northern Narcotics/Major Crimes Apprehension Team in Show Low concluded a seven month investigation that included Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert.A significant heroin drug ring, stemming from Chandler, was dismantled after the service of three search warrants.Seven people were arrested and approximately $14,000 and 392 grams of heroin were seized.Cooperation was given by Chandler Police Narcotics Unit and the DPS Northern Narcotics Task Force.

The suspects arrested are Fernando Martinez, 24, Chandler, Mercedes Martinez, 59, Chandler, Angie Saauedra,50, Chandler, Jose Ozuna,57, Mesa, Frances Ozuna,59, Mesa, SalvadorEsquer,28, Gilbert, Joseph Berumen,49, Mesa.

Charges includePossession of Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Narcotic Drug, Misconduct with Weapons-Prohibited Possessor, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

"This Heroin Ring was based in the east valley and was busy transporting its illegal product to the Show Low area of northeastern Arizona.These arrests made by DPS Officers with the help of the Chandler Police Narcotics Unit effectively dismantled this operation therefore making communities in the valley and in northern Arizona safer," said Roger Vanderpool director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.