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Year-long drug trafficking investigation results in 11 arrests

TUCSON - Eleven people were arrested Tuesday in connection to a year-long joint investigation between the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Drug Enforcement Administration,

According to DPS, in Dec. 2018, law enforcement began to investigate Luis Agustin Montaño-Hernandez in reference to drug trafficking. DPS said his drug organization allegedly supplied both Pima and Cochise counties with heroin and methamphetamine.

After serving a search warrant at several locations at six locations in Tucson, 11 people were arrested, including Montaño-Hernandez and seized more than a pound of heroin, small quantities of methamphetamine, 0.5 pounds of suspected fentanyl, approximately $21,000 in cash, eight vehicles and seven weapons including a sawed-off shotgun.

The locations involved are listed below.

  • 5957 S. Euclid, Avenue
  • 1310 W. Garnette Street, Unit B
  • 4343 N. Iroquois Avenue, Unit D
  • 6161 E. Grant Road, Apt 22106
  • 3620 E. Felix Blvd
  • 5601 S. 12th Avenue, Apt 814

The following people were detained in connection to the investigation.

  • Luis Montaño-Hernandez, 36                        
  • Orlando Montaño-Hernandez, 32                  
  • Tatiana Tapia, 33                                           
  • Jesus Emmanuel Tapia, 19                            
  • Antonio Rubio, 67                                         
  • Tracey Trevena, 60                                        
  • Irene Norzagaray, 65                                     
  • Raymond Taylor, 68
  • Carlos Navallaz, 22
  • William Kehn, 59
  • Jeffrey Stirnweis, 62

Anyone with information about suspected drug trafficking is advised to call 877-272-8329 or visit

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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