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Authorities announce drug arrests, seizures

PHOENIX -- Authorities said 12 people have been arrested as part of a yearlong multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Arizona.

The Drug Enforcement Administration along with U.S. Border Patrol and the Internal Revenue Service have been conducting an investigation into the Luis Armando Cruz drug-trafficking organization. Authorities said the group worked on behalf of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel.

Officials accused the Phoenix-based organization of being responsible for importing thousands of pounds of marijuana from Mexico into the U.S., while smuggling the proceeds back across the border.

Authorities said in addition to the arrests, they seized thousands of pounds of marijuana, weapons, homes, vehicles and more than $200,000.

The suspects face counts including intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to launder money.

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