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DIGGING DEEPER: Raids target Tucson drug trafficking organization

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TUCSON - A year-long investigation by the Sierra Vista DEA office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety resulted in the agents arresting 11 people and raiding six Tucson homes.

The Digging Deeper team uncovered court documents that give new insight into the drug trafficking activities of Orlando and Luis Montano-Hernandez.

The search warrants provided a startling picture of how the drugs were moved, who was distributing them, and who was supplying heroin and meth in the Tucson community.

In all of the 11 people arrested, they're facing over 40 charges ranging from various drug charges to money laundering.

The documents showed investigators were looking for illegal drugs, plus electronic devices revealing addresses and phone numbers of people who may be involved in drug-related crimes.

One of those raids took place not far from Homer Davis Elementary School in the Flowing Wells and Wetmore area.

That's where Tracey Trevena was arrested and charged with multiple drug charges and illegally conducting an enterprise.

According to court documents, a wiretap investigation began in July 2019. Investigators learned the Montano-Hernandez organization used multiple phones and numbers to aid them in their drug distribution efforts.

Investigators also learned Tracey Trevena was a heroin and methamphetamine supplier.

The document also stated officers seized items including marijuana, guns, ammunition, $1,260, computers, cellphones, and other items.

The house is a two-minute drive from an elementary school.

"I think it's horrible." Danette Hansen, who lives nearby, told News 4 Tucson.

Hansen has lived in the area most of her life and was not surprised by the raid.

"There's a lot of traffic going on here, and you know most of that is related to some kind of drug or undermining situations," she told the Digging Deeper team.

She said it was once a quiet respectable neighborhood that's now turned dangerous.

"We're totally opposed to it.  My sister and I were talking about that as far as her moving out maybe having to sell her home.  I am moving out," Hansen said.

In all, investigators seized more than a pound of heroin, half a pound of suspected fentanyl, about $21,000 in cash, eight vehicles, and nine weapons.

Below are the names and charges provided by the Pima County Jail:

Montano-Hernandez, Luis - Narcotic Drug -Possess for Sale, Narcotic Drug -Manufacture, Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell x8, Dangerous Drug -Transport and/or Sell x2, Money Laundering -Conceal Proceeds, Illegally Conduct Enterprise       

Hernandez, Orlando - Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell  x5, Illegally Conduct Enterprise, Failure to Appear 2nd degree (Original charge: DSL)      

Tapia, Tatiana - Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell x2, Dangerous Drug -Transport and/or Sell x2, Illegally Conduct Enterprise       

Tapia, Jesus - Narcotic Drug -Possess for Sale, Narcotic Drug -Manufacture; Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell; Illegally Conduct Enterprise       

Rubio, Antonio - Money Laundering -Conceal Proceeds;Illegally Conduct Enterprise       

Trevena, Tracey - Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell x2; Dangerous Drug -Transport and/or Sell x2; Illegally Conduct Enterprise       

Ruiz, Irene (Norzagaray, Irene)  -- Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell; Illegally Conduct Enterprise       

Taylor, Raymond - Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell; Illegally Conduct Enterprise       

Navallaz, Carlos - Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell; Illegally Conduct Enterprise       

Kehn, William - Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell; Illegal Control of Enterprise       

Stirnweis, Jeffrey  - Narcotic Drug -Transport and/or Sell x2; Illegally Conduct Enterprise       

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.

Paul Birmingham

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