PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Attorney General William Barr traveled to Phoenix on Thursday to announce the results of a huge drug bankruptcy in the United States.
Barr announced that Operation Crystal Shield will target the command and control elements of Mexican cartels that have major hubs in the United States.
The operation spanned more than 750 investigations that resulted in nearly 1,840 arrests, the seizure of 28,560 pounds of methamphetamine, 284 firearms, and a $ 43.3 million drug gain.
The Drug Enforcement Administration started the operation in February 2020 and identified the following methamphetamine tracking hubs: Atlanta, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Phoenix, San Diego, and St. Louis. These nine cities accounted for more than 75 percent of the methamphetamine seized by the DEA in 2019.
Attorney General William Barr came to Phoenix on Thursday to announce a nationwide drug bankruptcy.
The Phoenix Police were part of that operation and carried out several undercover purchases in which 17 weapons were surrendered by two brothers. On August 27, search warrants were issued and both brothers were arrested. Authorities found 72 guns, $ 80,000 in cash and 25,000 rounds of ammunition.
The brothers, who were not named, are accused by the federal government of trading without a license or possession of unregistered firearms.
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