by David M Morgan
BISBEE – The Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA] of the U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrests of 18 [see list below] of 21 suspected members of a cocaine trafficking organization operating in Cochise County.
Charges include conspiracy to import, transport, sell and possess cocaine; money laundering; sale and transportation of a narcotic drug for sale; and use of a wire or electronic communication in a drug offense.
All defendants are tentatively scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Tucson at Pima County Superior Court. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Josh Moser.
The 12- month long investigation targeted drug trafficking activity in the Sierra Vista and Bisbee area. Three individuals remain at large.
The investigation dealt with a narcotic distribution organization that would import kilos of cocaine from Mexico, transport them covertly to locations in Tucson and then distribute the cocaine to street level dealers and end users throughout Bisbee and Sierra Vista.
On June 3 and 4, 2013, simultaneous arrest and search warrants were executed on suspected members of the drug trafficking organization and their stash houses in Tucson, Sierra Vista, Bisbee and Douglas. In all, 18 suspects were arrested including Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Detention Officer Mario Serrano.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office [CCSO] reported that Serrano, who resigned immediately, had been employed since 2001.
The investigation was led by DEA with assistance from the Sierra Vista Police Department, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, the Bisbee Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
in alphabetical order (city of residence provided by arrested party):
CANTU, Luis [Tucson]
CHAVEZ, Sonia [Tucson]
COTA, Miguel [Tucson]
DORAME, Juan [Bisbee]
FIERROS, Antonio [Hereford]
GALINDO, Manuel [Tucson]
HAGELE, Eugene [Sierra Vista]
JIMENEZ, Melissa [Bisbee]
LAGUNA, Victor Manuel [Douglas]
LOPEZ , Daniel [Bisbee]
MATA, Fabianna [Bisbee]
MOROYOQUI, Denise [Tucson]
MOROYOQUI, Francisco [Bisbee]
MOROYOQUI, Jesus Armando [ Bisbee]
MOROYOQUI Sr, Jesus Armando [Bisbee]
RASHED, Nazariah [Sierra Vista]
SERRANO, Mario [Bisbee]
THOMAS Jr, Ronald O [Hereford]