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182 violent gang members arrested in Maricopa, Pima counties

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Posted at 7:07 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 09:07:09-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Federal authorities say more than 180 violent gang members and gang member associates have been arrested in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas after a three-month operation.

Officials with the U.S. Marshals Service say Operation Triple Beam was conducted from October to December and also resulted in the seizure of 27 firearms and 11 pounds of heroin.

Of the 182 fugitives arrested, the Marshals Service says seven were wanted for homicide, 21 for weapons offenses, eight for robbery, 21 for aggravated assault and 102 for dangerous drugs.

Authorities say nearly $30,000 in cash also was seized plus 300 Fentanyl pills and more than six pounds of methamphetamines.

The operation involved 15 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies from Maricopa and Pima counties.