A crime tip received by the Mesa Police Department last month helped police to seize 16 pounds of methamphetamine and $31,000 in cash on Wednesday. The street value of the meth is estimated to be over $300,000. Mesa police say it was their largest meth bust ever. On April 28, police arrested a man in a west Mesa residence; a man they believe was part of the same drug ring. More arrests are expected.
Police found most of the meth involved in Wednesday bust, inside of two vacant homes in west Phoenix. Lt. John Pruitt, who conducted the investigation, said the homes were being used to cut and distribute the drugs. Mesa Police also found two more pounds of meth hidden in vehicles, during traffic stops they conducted in west Phoenix late on Wednesday.
All four suspects are being held in Maricopa County jail without bond. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also placed a hold on them.
Source: East Valley Tribune, “4 arrested in Mesa’s largest meth bust”, 5/509, http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/138927