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5/1/2013 9:36:00 AM
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Gang Task Force drug investigation leads to Williams drug bust
Law enforcement agents search multiple houses in Williams
Law enforcement agents make arrests in  Williams May 1 after a seven-month drug investigation. Agents arrested  30 people early in the morning in Coconino County and Maricopa County. Photo/Williams News
Law enforcement agents make arrests in Williams May 1 after a seven-month drug investigation. Agents arrested 30 people early in the morning in Coconino County and Maricopa County. Photo/Williams News
Williams-Grand Canyon News


Update: 12:07 p.m.

Law enforcement agents arrested 26 people from seven different locations in Williams this morning as part of a seven-month drug investigation.

The arrests took place at 6:30 a.m. Authorities seized "a wide gamut of drugs," including methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, wax (marijuana paste), ecstasy and prescription medications, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Carrick Cook.

One of the houses under investigation on Newton Street had the elements of a methamphetamine lab, Cook said. A hazardous materials team is currently processing the scene.

In addition to the large quantity of illegal drugs, authorities also found scales, currency and ledgers in some of the other houses.

Authorities are still processing the scene, and are unsure of the quantities of the drugs.

"I wouldn't even begin to know where to start," Cook said. "We're talking tens of thousands of dollars worth of drugs."

Officials believe the drugs originated from a criminal street gang in Phoenix, but have not released the name of the gang.

The Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission, the Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Williams Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation all participated in the investigation.

Cook said he expects the agencies to make additional arrests in the future stemming from the investigation.




Law enforcement agents arrested a number of people in Williams early this morning as part of a multi-agency drug bust.

The Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission led the operation and served 17 search and arrest warrants in both Coconino and Maricopa Counties. Agents arrested 30 people during the operation.

According to a DPS press release, the arrests are the result of a seven-month investigation of drug sales originating from a criminal street gang on the Phoenix area. Drugs involved include methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, ecstacy and prescription medications.

Agents searched houses throughout Williams. One of the houses is across the street from Williams High School. School officials sent out a bulletin advising parents and students that school is still in session.

Cooperating agencies include the Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, Williams Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Williams-Grand Canyon News will cover events as they unfold throughout the day.





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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: James Williams citizen

This investigation was done by federal law enforcement. No wonder I used to see a truck parked in front of that house with "federal government is the problem" painted on the back.

The woman was already released because of lack of evidence. She lived in the house and they were selling out that same house, but she somehow was not involved.


Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Paully

The local kids tell me of the other houses dealing drugs that werent touched in these raids. The dealers are well known to the local kids.
The people across from the high school have been doing this stuff for a long time.The people living there should all be in jail and lose theyre home.
Williams is such a small community and its hard to beleave the local PD cant figure out who is doing all this stuff and get rid of them.


Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: oh please

Some of these guys who got popped are just punks who are from Williams and grew up there. Don't exaggerate about the "cartel" thing. Yes most drugs are smuggled over the border by the "cartels", but these local thugs aren't anything to be afraid of. Glad they got caught and hope they don't get out of it!!!!

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Williams Resident

Deport them and all the other illegals that have been coming accross the southern border...they are destroying our Country

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Heather Smith

I am shocked by the thought process of most people. Everyday I make choices and one of them is that I choose not to do drugs. If you have a family member or child on drugs then you might want to look at the person who chooses do do drugs and ask why. You can do as many "drug busts" as you like, but a person who chooses to do drugs will find a way. You think that the neighborhood has been cleaned up? All thats happened is a job opening has been created for another person willing to sell drugs. Why is so much effort put into punishing people instead of finding out what the real problem is and addressing that issue? Put your words and energy into finding out how much this "drug bust" costs and ask the key players why that money couldn't be handed to the schools to help our children. Why couldn't that money be handed to recovery programs to help people find out why they need drugs. There would be no drug sellers if there were not drug buyers. If there is a "gang" why wasn't all this effort directed at stoping the flow of drugs at the source? I hope I haven't offended anyone, but I think we need to be proactive not reactive. New prisions are built everyday and there is big money in locking up people, but ours kids have the roof of the school falling down on them and accept it as normal. If we put more effort in to our future, which are our kids, we would not need new prisions and "drug busts".

Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: otis barrett

One of the people arrested is a deadbeat dad that has 5 children...hope you spend the rest of your lean life in prison where you belong.


Posted: Friday, May 3, 2013
Article comment by: Ha Ha

I think @name the gang is a genius.

Especially since other media outlets are ireporting the busts were part of the Sinsloa Cartel!!!

If Sinaloa Cartel isnt Zmexican Mafia/Mexican Cartel I don't know what is!!!



Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: david soto

man dude my family was in that bust man but man i cant believe that happens

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Lila VanAcker

well I have a meth lab in my neighborhood and I sure hope they got busted. Go figure!

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: name the gangs

At least 16 of those arrested have Hispanic last names. So calling it a "mexican cartel" would not be far off base. Drugs don't discriminate when it comes to race however. Some on the list have been arrested numerous times for narcotics violations and hopefully this time they go to prison!!!

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Williams Resident I

When did Mexican become a 'race'?? 'Mexicans' and other mexican/spanish speaking people are caucasian, Mexican is a nationality, theoretically, they come from the country of Mexico. Besides what does race have to do with people who are breaking the law?
I am sure a large portion of the Williams population is extremely happy that these people will no longer be in business - no matter where their forefathers came from.


Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Hate Gangs

I think @Name The Gang is on to something. I saw a list of the names of the people arrested in another newspaper, as well as a list of the agencies involved. ICE doesn't come out on drug busts unless there are immigration issues or the drugs are coming from outside the country. So why was ICE here if it wasn't because the people were tied up in something like the Sinaloa Cartel? Another newspaper is reporting that the three suspects that were arrested in the drive by in Flagstaff this weekend were also part of this investigation. If it isn't Cartel, what gang is it? MS 13? It sure isn't the Crips or the Bloods.

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Makes me Wonder about Williams PD

So all these gang members selling drugs in town and it takes another agency to figure it out? It was 26 people - a big number in a small town! What has Williams PD been doing? They obviously aren't good detectives!

Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: @wow Name the gang


Race isn't an issue but the Cartel is. You do realize who is behind all the border violence right? Look at El Paso, Juarez and Southern AZ cities. No question that the Mexican Cartel is behind it. And the Cartel has a presence in Williams. As it does in Flag, Phoenix, Tucson, LA, San Diego, Yuma and El Paso.


Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
Article comment by: Thankful Mother

As a parent of a high school student I am very thankful that the authorities have taken care of a very serious problem in Williams and so close to where our kids go to school. Our communities children were placed in danger by these criminals and things could have been so much worse if they had turned a blind eye as some have in the past. Thank you for cleaning up our streets!


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