DPS: 11 people indicted as part of 'Operation Snowball'

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

COCONINO COUNTY, Ariz. – Eleven people have been indicted for their alleged roles in a methamphetamine and cocaine distribution ring in Northern Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said a Coconino County grand jury returned the indictments on Friday for charges that include sale of dangerous drugs, sale of narcotics, and sale of prescription drugs.

The indictments stem from DPS’ “Operation Snowball,” which began last year when DPS detectives learned of the drug ring.

During their investigation, DPS identified 10 people as the main suppliers of the drugs.

While much of the drug ring was run out of Williams, DPS said there were suspects in Maricopa County who were supplying the dealers in Williams.

On May 1, search warrants were served in three counties. A total of $22,000 in cash was seized, along with 12 firearms, 10 ounces of methamphetamine, two ounces of cocaine, and several ounces of marijuana.

DPS said they also found a marijuana growing operation inside a home, as well as an active methamphetamine laboratory.

According to DPS, detectives will be seeking additional indictments for four of the suspects from the Maricopa County grand jury.

The suspects arrested as a part of “Operation Snowball” face between five and 15 years in prison.