Horacio Sanchez (left), Miguel Vasquez-Gastelum (right)
Sheriff Arpaio says he plans to crack down on "street level" drug dealers.
PHOENIX (KSAZ) -
Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies have been busy recently. A six month undercover investigation revealed an Avondale massage parlor was selling a lot more than back rubs to customers looking for some relaxation.
"Passing this off as a medical dispensary, they are not licensed under the state so now they're under arrest" said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Nearly 10 pounds of marijuana were seized by deputies. "High potent marijuana, by the way very expensive" said Sheriff Arpaio.
Detectives also found $7,500 in cash, two expensive cars, a pink revolver, and a puppy believed to have been pumped with marijuana. The same time this operation was underway undercover detectives busted two men near 27th Avenue & Camelback for allegedly selling meth. Deputies found $75,000 worth of meth on both men.
Sheriff Arpaio remarked on the raids, "We just seized seven pounds of methamphetamine... so here we are doing this now, we're switching to methamphetamine who knows what tomorrow will bring".
Sheriff Arpaio says he plans to launch a new valley wide operation going after street level drug dealers and their customers.
"I'm gonna start cracking down on this type of activity, street level... everybody goes after the big guys meantime you got everybody selling drugs on the street" said Arpaio.
Five people were arrested at the Avondale massage parlor and one woman is facing animal cruelty charges for medicating the puppy with marijuana. The two men arrested for selling meth are also facing drug charges and immigration holds have been placed on them.