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15 arrested in heroin trafficking investigation

7-month long probe leads to $8M worth of drugs

Fifteen people were arrested and more than 9 pounds of heroin were seized following a seven-month, multi-agency investigation into heroin trafficking in Tucson, TPD announced Wednesday.

The Counter Narcotics Alliance, working as part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative, conducted the investigation that began June 1 and ended Feb. 16, said Sgt. Maria Hawke, a spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department.

The CNA used investigators and undercover operatives to identify high-volume suppliers of heroin in the Tucson area and a primary source of the drug entering the country from Mexico, Hawke said.

Seven search warrants were issued at locations around the city and 15 people, including a 16-year-old male, were arrested. Investigators also seized 9 and a half pounds of pure heroin worth as much as $8 million, Hawke said.

The adults arrested were Alfredo Olivas, 24; Alejandro Hermosillo Martinez, 50; Feliciano Arredondo Garcia, 34; Pablo Hernandez Olivarria, 19; Gabrielle Hall, 22; Marco Rubio, 20; Samuel Falcon, 29; Erin Burt, 23; Alma Corral Rubio, 44; Keith Pratt, 26; Christian Francies, 21; Juan Figueroa, 18; Antonio Macias, 43; and Mauro Zavala, 33.

Each of the 15 arrested face drug-related felony charges related to the sale and distribution of narcotics and their roles in the drug trafficking operation, Hawke said.

The agencies that participated in the investigation include the Border Patrol, Pima County Sheriff's Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita and University of Arizona police departments.

Investigators are still looking for others involved in the operation. Anyone with information can call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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Pablo Hernandez Olivarria