A six-month narcotics investigation in El Mirage has resulted in the recovery of drugs, money and weapons, along with the arrests of seven people.
Officers from the El Mirage Police Department concluded the investigation Wednesday after serving search warrants on two drug houses and a vehicle, according to a release.
The seven suspects were arrested and charged with sale of narcotic drugs, money laundering, and control of an illegal enterprise, the release states.
“This illegal enterprise is responsible for flooding the streets of El Mirage with fentanyl," stated El Mirage police Chief Paul Marzocca. "The quantity of drugs, the amount of drug proceeds, and the firearms my officers seized yesterday is significant, and my officers dismantled an organization capable of bringing great harm to our community. I want to thank the Surprise Police Department and the Goodyear Police Department for bringing considerable resources to this investigation. Our city is grateful to these professional organizations."
Last January, El Mirage officers analyzed arrest reports and intelligence regarding drug activity at a home in the 12100 block of Dreyfus in El Mirage, the release states. That led to the discovery of several drug dealers operating there, and another home a few blocks away was being used for drug sales.
During the investigation, El Mirage officers identified several suspects working together as part of an illegal enterprise, the release states. They made numerous arrests, authored search warrants, and interviewed buyers of illegal drugs being sold from both homes.
On Wednesday, El Mirage officers, with assistance of SWAT teams from the Surprise and Goodyear police departments, served search warrants at both homes, which also led officers to serve a third related search warrant near the 12900 block of Hearn Road later in the day.
The search warrants resulted in the seizure of 2,248 fentanyl pills — street value $11,240 — $14,892 in U.S. currency, small quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana and various firearms to include an AR-15, according to the release.