Phoenix Police seize drugs, weapons in operation

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Drugs, cash, weapons and an unloaded rocket launcher have been seized by Phoenix police in a special operation.

Police say search warrants were executed at homes in Phoenix and Black Canyon City on Tuesday and Friday as part of "Operation High Tide."

They say six people have been arrested, including four for conspiracy to sell marijuana.

Police say the search warrant executed Tuesday resulted in the seizure of one inert shoulder-mounted rocket launcher and some 15 handguns, shotguns, bolt-action rifles and semi-automatic rifles.

Also seized were two ballistic vests and small amounts of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana.
Police on Friday reported seizing more than 900 pounds of high-grade marijuana, some 50 pounds of hashish, more than $821,000 in cash, one .45-caliber handgun, two cars and a motor home.

According to Phoenix Police, “Operation High Tide” officially started Friday morning at 6 a.m. and the investigations that led to the arrests on Tuesday and Friday are a result of a plan that has been in operation for several weeks.

“What we did is we brought together our public and private partnerships and our law enforcement community,” said Phoenix Police Commander Chuck Miiller. “So what we have is a multi-jurisdiction, multi-bureau, multi-precinct law enforcement effort going on today.”

Phoenix Police say the operation provides “pre-determined, specialized public safety operations in designated area around the city of Phoenix.”

There will be an increase police presence over the weekend for specific areas in Phoenix.

“We have saturated the area," said Miiller. "The south border is going to be Indian School up to Northern from 19th Avenue over to 35th Avenue."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.