Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard announced Monday the indictment of 16 individuals believed to be members of a Mexican drug cartel that smuggled large quantities of pot, cocaine and heroin into Arizona.
The investigation led to the seizure of 36 pounds of cocaine, four pounds of heroin, 40 pounds of marijuana and close to $2.25 million in racketeering proceeds.
The 16 are charged with conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise and other crimes related to their involvement.
The defendants include three Phoenix residents, a Los Angeles man and a man from Mexico.
Goddard described the defendants as organized criminals and highly sophisticated smugglers.