AG: Major meth trafficking ring in Phoenix area dismantled

Jesus Ceniceros-Quiroz (top left), Jesus Eduardo Castro-Ceniceros (top right), Jesus Antonio Fornes (bottem left), Jose De Jesus Moreno-Ayala (middle) & Isabel Ceniceros-Alvarado (bottom right). (Source: AG's Office)

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office says a major methamphetamine trafficking ring in the Phoenix metro area has been dismantled.

Law enforcement officials reported seizing more than 30 pounds of meth and 18 illegal firearms when the defendants were arrested on May 2.

Authorities say five people, Isabel Ceniceros-Alvarado, Jesus Ceniceros-Quiroz, Jesus Eduardo Castro-Ceniceros, Jose De Jesus Moreno-Ayala and Jesus Antonio Fornes, also were indicted for their alleged involvement in the drug trafficking ring that operated in Tempe, Tolleson, Avondale and west Phoenix.

The charges are based on a joint investigation by Tempe police and the Phoenix division of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration that began last October.

The ring reportedly distributed about 50 pounds of meth per month.

The defendants allegedly earned more than $100,000 a month in illegal drug sales.

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