Meth drug kingpin arrested after year-long investigation

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The following news release was sent by the Tempe Police Dept.:

TEMPE -In September 2008, the Tempe Police Department announced the arrests of 80 drug dealers that were made following a year-long drug investigation.

Recently, Tempe Police Narcotics Investigators made their biggest arrest in the case when they apprehended the leader of the group. Daniel Sanchez-Molina, 25, of Phoenix, was arrested on Jan. 10 during a traffic stop in the 1900 block of W. Bethany Home Road on charges of Illegal Control of an Enterprise and Sales of Dangerous Drugs.

Investigation revealed Sanchez-Molina was the leader of an organization that sold methamphetamine primarily in the Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix area. Sanchez-Molina fled to Mexico during the investigation, but returned to the U.S. and was subsequently arrested by the Tempe Police Department.

The year-long investigation, which led to the arrests of more than 80 drug dealers, targeted everyone from the small-scale dealers to the dealers making multiple sales a day, the mid-level suppliers and all the way to the drug trafficking organization in Mexico that was supplying the large amounts of meth.

"The arrests made in this case were the result of our detectives actively following leads and aggressively pursuing every criminal involved," said Tempe Police Cmdr. Kim Hale. "In this case, we not only stopped a large-scale drug operation from continuing to infiltrate our communities, but we also sent an example to others engaging in the same behavior that their actions won't be tolerated."