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DEA: 11 arrested after investigation targeting Tucson drug traffickers

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 20:29:37-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Authorities arrested 11 people Tuesday after a year-long joint investigation into alleged Tucson drug traffickers, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The year-long joint investigation operated by the DEA’s Sierra Vista Resident Office along with the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Border Strike Force was part of the alleged drug trafficking activities of Luis Agustin Montaño Hernandez and his organization, according to DEA.

The investigation started in December 2018, the Luis Agustin Montaño Hernandez drug trafficking operation was identified as an organization working primarily in the Tucson area, according to DEA. The organization was allegedly providing Pima and Cochise Counties with heroin and crystal methamphetamine.

On Jan. 28, authorities seized over a pound of heroin, small amounts of methamphetamine, a 1/2 pound of suspected fentanyl, about $21,000 in cash, eight vehicles, nine weapons, and sawed off shotgun.

The 11 arrested in the operation are 36-year-old Luis Montaño-Hernandez, 32-year-old Orlando Montaño-Hernandez, 33-year-old Tatiana Tapia, 19-year-old Jesus Emmanuel Tapia, 67-year-old Antonio Rubio, 60-year-old Tracey Trevena, 65-year-old Irene Norzagaray, 68-year-old Raymond Taylor, 22-year-old Carlos Navallaz, 59-year-old William Kehn, 62-year-old Jeffrey Stirnweis.

All evidence seized from the enforcement operation will go to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for review and charges. Law enforcement in today's operation include; Pima County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security Investigations.

The DEA asks anyone with information about suspected drug trafficking to contact DEA or any law enforcement in Arizona. Tips can be provided by phone or online to DEA.