Police arrest 16 in connection with meth ring in Navajo Nation

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FLAGSTAFF -- Sixteen people have been arrested in connection with dealing methamphetamine in the Navajo Nation, according to a joint press release issued by tribal, federal, and local law enforcement officials.

The arrests represent the outcome of a year-long investigation by the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, the FBI, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Flagstaff Police Department into what officials describe as the largest meth distribution organization in the Navajo Nation.

Officials said the meth ring's supply line stretched from Tuba City to the metropolitan Phoenix area.

Fourteen of the 16 arrested were taken into custody on Tuesday and Wednesday; the other two were arrested last week, according to the press release.

In all, 47 separate charges were brought against the defendants, ranging from conspiracy to possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.