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Phoenix Drug Smuggling

Phoenix Suspect Arrested for Drug Involvement

According to the police a suspect responsible for selling around $500,00 in drugs a month in Phoenix has been arrested as well as another man. That’s a pretty good haul in drug activity if you ask me.

The court records show that on July 28th the police raided a home near 27th Avenue and Indian School Road. They found $300,000 in cash as well as 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and almost a pound of meth. Talk about a big bust for the local police.

The police were able to arrest the two men who were apart of a five month long investigation that was titled, “CWT-466”. The first man was twenty-five year old, Victor Perez-Berrera. By the police, he is considered to be a “high ranking member of a drug organization” Which sounds pretty serious.

According to the police, the organization is responsible for selling around $6 million a year in cocaine and methamphetamine in the Phoenix metro are. Sounds like they stay pretty dang busy.

Robbery in Phoenix

A local judge gave Berrera a $100,00 cash bond on charges of conspiracy as well as money laundering and dangerous drugs for sale. The second man was arrested by the police was a forty year old man named Oscar Bailon-Aguirre.

Aguirre is in even more trouble since he’s in the United States without proper documentation. However, he told the police that if he was given the opportunity that he would never sell drugs again. Which I guess that’s good in the long run?

Aguirre was given a cash bond of $50,00 on charges of conspiracy as well as laundering and dangerous drugs for sale.

Drug Smuggling in Arizona

Ironically enough, a sixty-three year old woman with a criminal history in Arizona has been arrested for allegedly carrying cocaine and heroin in her luggage on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said that Cheryl Cheatham  was arrested at the Detroit Airport on October 14th.

The DEA agents said that they noticed her acting suspiciously near the baggage carousel. She was reportedly looking at the luggage tags “as if she did not own the luggage, for a very long period of time”.  Talk about a fishy situation, but let’s be real older people do weirder things sometimes.

The agents then followed her and watched her as she grabbed her two suitcase then as she hailed a taxi. The taxi then drove her to a hotel. However, the DEA reported that she did NOT check into the hotel which is pretty weird. Why go to a hotel if you’re not staying there? Unless you’re doing something you shouldn’t be.

The officials say that around two hours later, Cheatham then got into a waiting car along with her two suitcases.

The Michigan State Troopers were asked to do a traffic stop. They did and when they did, they had a K-9 do search the car. The K-9 dog alerted the police to the presence of drugs. Sneaky little old lady.

Narcotics Found

The search revealed two big packages. There was one bag in each suitcase. The bags were bundled in clear plastic.

According to the DEA, one of the bundles had eight individually wrapped kilograms of cocaine. The other contained 9 individually wrapped kilograms of cocaine.

Cheatham of course was then placed under arrest on a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The DEA report also shows that Cheatham had a previous conviction of transporting/selling a controlled substance on July 18,1986 and an arrest by United States Customs for Importing a Controlled Substance on September 29, 1972. Talk about a colorful past.

She apparently had a criminal history in Arizona as well. She was charged with shoplifting and theft there.


Criminal Defense Cases

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Types of Drug Transportation Cases

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  • Drug possession, trafficking and other charges brought for crossing county lines with drugs anywhere

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Drug Findings in Phoenix

Drug Houses Found in Bust

Three suspected drug houses were raided and 10 people were arrested in a big drug sweep in El Mirage Wednesday morning.

El Mirage police, along with SWAT teams from DPS and MCSO served search warrants at three homes in the area.

Two homes were next door to each other; a third home was right across the street.

DPS believes the homes were sites of alleged gang, drug and prostitution activities.

“Especially in a smaller community, any time you can shut down three drug houses is phenomenal,” said one DPS detective. “It’s a huge impact in the community.”

Drug Informant

With the help of someone she didn’t know was an informant, records state, Acosta-Quintana transported the supplies to men whose job entails hiding in the desert for weeks on end.

She’s part of a group of 10 U.S. citizens and one Mexican national accused by the feds of running a sophisticated resupply operation for some of the “vast network” of cartel scouts.

In a complaint (below) and indictment made public last month, an assistant Arizona U.S. Attorney describes in detail how people employed by drug cartels allegedly brought food, fuel, and other supplies from Phoenix to the scouts.

The scouts’ job, in turn, was to guide marijuana smugglers through the Tohono O’odham Nation and into Arizona, making sure they stayed far away from law-enforcement officials.

Marijuana Bust

The February 28 federal indictment charges all 11 with a single count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

Records don’t state whether the suspects are Arizona residents or members of the Tohono O’odham tribe, but implies they mostly hail from metro Phoenix or the reservation.

The Native American reservation in southern Arizona, which shares a roughly 70-mile border with Mexico, has been a focal point in the new Trump administration immigration plan.

The tribe strongly opposes the construction of a border wall on its land. But its international border, which is marked in some places by barbed-wire fence or nothing at all, has for years been a sieve for smugglers.

Homeland Security Investigations began its probe of the group in October 2015, after a confidential source outlined much of the operation.

The bust, while noteworthy, may barely make a dent in the overall scout problem. Authorities occasionally target the scouts, like in the raid of a desert area near Arizona City last June.

However, going after the people who help the scouts has been difficult. One obstacle is that it’s not illegal to drive around with supplies or drop them off somewhere.

Drug Trafficking Case

The 15-page complaint in the case, which was filed in January and unsealed late last month, outlines in detail the feds’ case against the alleged conspirators.

Drug-trafficking organizations “utilize a vast network of scouts and scout helpers” to get the marijuana through the reservation, the complaint states.

Scouts are spread out all across what’s known as the “west desert corridor,” which runs roughly from State Route 286 to Yuma, and from the Mexican border to Interstate 8, where vehicles can pick up the pot loads.

Equipped with cell phones, binoculars, and digitally encrypted walkie-talkies, they take positions in hills and rocky outcrops, relaying information to load drivers and backpackers on foot.

For each group of smugglers that reaches their destination successfully, the scouts will be typically paid $500 to $1,000 apiece.

Secret Drugs

They’re hired to work through a “smuggling cycle” of eight to 12 weeks, but take vacations on Easter, Christmas, and Three Kings Day.

Within a group of scouts, one or more people will have specialized tasks, from scoping the area with binoculars to charging radios and cellphones to cooking.

The scouts need occasional drops of food, clothes, camping equipment, and other provisions in order to conduct their mission “without interruptions.”

That’s where the resupply personnel come in. They’re usually people who are familiar with the area because they live nearby.

The cartel gives “resupply members” vehicles, which these members sometimes re-title in their names, plus money to buy the supplies.

The complaint details a few dozen of the resupply operations.

The feds charge that on October 7, 2015, Maria Roxanna “Roxy” Acosta-Quintana was involved in one of them.

Feds Get Involved

They say she instructed the confidential source to drive an SUV to Acosta-Quintana’s mother’s house in Phoenix to Llanteria Michoacano’s #2, a tire shop at 44th Avenue and Indian School Road.

At the house, the informant received the keys to the SUV, which was pre-packed with six large, black trash bags full of supplies. Acosta-Quintana’s sedan was also packed with six bags of supplies.

Acosta-Quintana led her helper-informant to the tire shop, where a pickup truck was waiting. They loaded all 12 supply bags plus two spare tires into the truck.

The informant then hopped in the pickup and told the driver, an unidentified man, how to get to Arizona City near the Tohono nation.

Once at the intersection of Sunland Gin and Green Reservoir roads, “10 Hispanic males dressed in camouflage clothing came out from behind some bushes and were given the Ford pickup,” the complaint states.

Acosta-Quintana and the informant then returned to Phoenix.

 Drug Informant

In another example, the informant told officials how bags of supplies were taken directly to scouts working in the Sheridan Mountain Foothills, Castle Mountains, and Cimarron Mountains near Federal Route 34 on the reservation. In that same operation, the helpers took bags to the Tohono villages of Hikiwan and Kaka.

Resupply members often used the Walmart at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road to pick up supplies and exchange vehicles.

Border Patrol

Another resupply member, Fawn Eveningstar Manuel, was stopped in January 2016 by the U.S. Border Patrol. During the stop, Manuel admitted that she was taking bags of supplies in her SUV to Hikiwan “to assist with illegal alien smuggling occurring in the village of Hikiwan.”

As the investigation progressed, the feds tracked certain resupply vehicles to desert locations. In one such instance in January 2016, they found and arrested nine suspected smugglers with 473 pounds of marijuana.

Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, declined comment on the case.


The indicted U.S. citizens are:

• Maria Roxanna Acosta-Quintana

• Angelica Alvarado

• Nicole Havier

• Dora Carreras

• Fawn Eveningstar Manuel

• Annai Arlene Hernandez

• Jesus Gilberto Parra-Acosta

• Jackie Ann Garcia

• Antonio Pasqual Aguilar-Sanchez

• Lawrence Juan Jr.

• Andrew Ortega

Ruben Villegas-Acosta of Mexico was also indicted.




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