29-year-old Erick Erives, the suspected head of a drug trafficking organization, was arrested following a U.S. Drug Enforcement investigation, authorities said March 2.
Erives and six others were arrested after a 28-count indictment was issued by the Arizona Attorney General's Office, for multiple drug charges, money laundering and fraud, said DEA spokeswoman, Erica Curry.
The investigation into the Erives operation began in September 2014 and led to the seizure of almost 1,600 lbs. of marijuana, 122 kilograms of heroin, ecstasy and mushrooms. Agents believe that several of the employees were recruited while attending high school in Sierra Vista and brought into the drug trafficking organization through meetings at a skate park near Veteran's Memorial Park, Curry said.