3 men indicted after nearly $1.8M drug bust in Gila Bend

February 27, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man and two men from Mexico have been indicted after a nearly $1.8 million drug bust in Gila Bend last month.

Officials with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office say the three are charged with conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, transportation of a dangerous drug (methamphetamine), transportation of marijuana for sale and two counts of theft of means of transportation.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety plus agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection were conducting desert drug interdiction operations Jan. 30 near Gila Bend.

Authorities say two stolen pickup trucks were stopped after trying to circumvent the border checkpoint.

Found inside the trucks were about 3,500 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1.4 million and 221 pounds of meth worth more than $332,000.