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Ariz. authorities dismantle 'extensive' drug cell

Arizona authorities dismantle 'extensive' drug trafficking cell tied to Sinaloa cartel By The Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) ' Federal and local authorities say they've arrested 203 people, and seized $7.8 million in cash and more than 1,200 in various drugs following a 15-month investigation that they say has dismantled an "extensive" drug trafficking cell tied to the powerful Sinaloa cartel.

The investigation began when Tempe police pulled over a man after seeing a drug deal. The man was later identified as a delivery driver for the drug ring and that he delivered methamphetamine to various customers in the Phoenix metro area.

Further investigation led to more extensive undercover work and led authorities to local drug dealers throughout the metro area.

Separately, Phoenix agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency had been investigating the ring, so they joined forces with Tempe police and other agencies on the case.

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