PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- Officials with the Drug Enforcement Administration say six people, including a member of a dangerous street gang, have been arrested after a lengthy multi-agency investigation.
Special Agent Doug Coleman, a DEA spokesman, said four homes in Mesa were searched simultaneously on Friday, after their investigation in partnership with the Scottsdale Police Department led officers to the locations.
The targeted homes netted agents a cache of weapons, ammunition, body armor and $28,000 in cash. Coleman said agents also found 2 kilograms of cocaine, and 1,000 pills suspected to be fentanyl.
Coleman said the six people arrested are Jose Gonzalez-Ramos, Yasary Bejarano, Luis Adrian Gonzalez Perez, Carlos Daniel Pineda Martinez, Jorge Marin Cuevas and John Hernandez Vera.
Ramos admitted to agents that he was a member of the violent gang Mara Salvatrucha, otherwise known as MS-13, Coleman said.
“The safety and protection of American citizens by targeting drug traffickers, violent gang members and other criminal organizations is our highest priority,” said Coleman.
The six arrested are being charged with multiple felonies, including narcotic drug possession, money laundering, possession of weapons and conducting an illegal enterprise.