FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ - Nearly a dozen people are behind bars after an undercover heroin bust in Sheriff Joe Arpaio's own back yard.
You hear all the politicians talk about the drug cartels, we only go after the big guys, Arpaio said Friday. I don't think the parents here are concerned about the big guys. They want the small guys taken off the streets, selling heroin to the young people.
Sheriff's deputies have been working undercover since April to net 10 arrests of people between the ages of 19 and 26 for using, dealing and trafficking heroin in the Fountain Hills area.
It gets worse in the types of drugs, said Valley resident Nathan Walker. It used to be just marijuana, then cocaine, heroin, what's next?
Fountain Hills has grown a lot, so I guess I'm not surprised that the problems that come with the larger city could come, like heroin and more serious drugs, said Daniel Hare, who grew up in Fountain Hills.
Many in the area were surprised that Arpaio's community, known for its affluence and gated neighborhoods, was the staging ground for heroin deals. But others say young people here have been known to dabble in danger.
That's why it doesn't surprise me, just because all the kids that live here are rich too, and don't have anything else to spend their money on, said David Lynn, who also grew up in the area.
It went on, definitely, Hare said. "The high school definitely had a little bit of a reputation for having a lot of drugs back five years ago when I went to high school. I don't know if it changed a lot, but apparently, drugs are still in Fountain Hills.
The operation netted about 56 grams of heroin with a street value of approximately $5,600, as well as drug paraphernalia.
Arpaio said more arrests are pending.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
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