Almost 90 Pounds of Heroin Seized in “Operation Smack Talk”Posted on June 17, 2014
On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman announced one of the largest heroin busts in Arizona history. He reported that an 11-month investigation, known as “Operation Smack Talk,” had led to the seizure of 89 pounds of white heroin and the arrest of seven defendants.
The investigation targeted a large-scale Mexican heroin trafficking organization that reportedly distributed hundreds of pounds of heroin from Tucson, Arizona, to a number of cities along the west coast. On Sunday, June 13, 2014, DEA special agents worked alongside the Tucson Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations to execute a federal search warrant at a Tucson residence suspected to be the organization’s stash house. The 89 pounds of white heroin was found hidden inside a bedroom closet.
Several vehicles with customized hidden compartments had been used to smuggle the heroin out of Mexico and into Arizona prior to the narcotics being stashed at the Tucson residence. “Operation Smack Talk” ultimately led to the seizure of seven such vehicles, as well as $300,000 in drug proceeds, and 123 pounds of high-grade heroin valued at more than $7.5 million on the street.
All seven defendants are currently in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. They now face multiple trafficking charges in Tucson federal court.