Cops Bust $2B Drug Ring in Arizona

    Matthew Allen, left, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Arizona, is joined by Richard Barlow, Acting Chief Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol, as they arrive with others for a news conference as a variety of multi-jurisdictional law enforcement agencies announce a bust on a major drug smuggling ring in Arizona, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, in Phoenix.  Operation "Pipeline Express" has netted 76 arrested, has seized 61,573 pounds of marijuana, 213 pounds of cocaine, 158 of heroin, $758,908 in cash, 83 vehicles, 108 weapons, and four ballistic vests, all linked, according to law enforcement, to a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel based in Sonoyta, Sonora, Mexico. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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    After a month of arrests, law-enforcement officials have successfully disassembled a drug-smuggling ring that involved migrants crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. on foot with pounds of cocaine and heroin on their backs and lookouts standing guard atop Arizona hilltops. The ring has generated more than $2 billion in five years. There is a suspected link between the 76 people arrested and most-wanted Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman. Guzman is notorious for paying off authorities, making catching him thus far impossible. Mexican President Felipe Calderon suggested recently that the outlaw may be hiding in the U.S.

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