The GIITEM anti-gang task force arrested 26 people Wednesday, the majority in Flagstaff and Williams, in the wake of a seven-month investigation into illegal drug sales by street gangs.
According to information from GIITEM in northern Arizona, agents served 17 search and arrest warrants in Coconino and Maricopa counties Wednesday.
Capt. Kirk Bryce of GIITEM in northern Arizona said the investigation involved buying drugs from gang members in Flagstaff and Williams who had purchased drugs from gang members in the Phoenix area.
The drugs involved were meth, cocaine, marijuana, marijuana paste called "wax," ecstasy and prescription medications.
Bryce added that three young men arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that happened near Thorpe Park Saturday afternoon were also charged in connection with the gang-drug investigation.
Those identified and arrested on a variety of drug and weapon charges (ages were not available) in connection with the investigation were:
-- Timothy A. Garcia
-- Alexandria N. Gilbert
-- Alfonso "Telone" Cortez
-- Rachel Cassidy Tiere
-- Joaquin Kiko Javier Zavala
-- Christina Marie Fiester
-- Cruz E. Gary
-- Julia Delores Paredes
-- James Anthony Hardy
-- Manuel Federico "Lean" Paredes
-- Refugio "Cucko" Aguilar
-- Eduwiges "Kiki" Aguilar
-- Oscar R. Lopez-Urias
-- Clayton Jason Ortman
-- Miguel Manuel Ruiz-Montelongo
-- Chris Antonio Chavez
-- Diego Pulido Baldenegro
-- Jose Angel Chavarria
-- Brandy C. Elizabeth Davalos
-- Santiago Davalos
-- Jacob L. "Cheeks" Holguin ( in Mesa)
-- Luis M. Enriquez ( in Phoenix)
-- Chris Dawson
Eight additional suspects are being sought by GIITEM in the investigation.
Seized during the serving of the search warrants were:
-- 3 ounces of marijuana
-- A marijuana "grow"
-- 10 ounces of meth
-- 7 grams of cocaine
-- $22,000 in cash
-- Seven weapons
-- 12 vehicles
-- A "working" meth laboratory
Agencies involved in the investigation included the FBI, Flagstaff Police Department, Coconino County Sheriff's Office, DPS, Williams Police Department, DEA, ATF, ICE and the U.S. Marshals Service.
The case remains under investigation.
Larry Hendricks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 556-2262.