A major Arizona drug sales syndicate was dismantled and four people were arrested in a law enforcement operation at 10 locations in Maricopa and Yavapai counties.
More than 100 officers fanned out with search warrants on Wednesday and Thursday, climaxing an investigation that included countless hours of surveillance, multiple interviews and undercover officer activities.
Christopher Lee Martin, 37, and Andrea Lyn Martin, 33, both of Prescott, were arrested, along with Todd James, 40, and Christopher Goodrich, 39, both of Phoenix.
Detectives said they are still in the process of cataloging evidence seized in the multiple search warrants. It's estimated that more than 20 pounds of marijuana, hundreds of marijuana products, numerous firearms, several vehicles and about $70,000 in cash were recovered in the operation.
Authorities said they traced production of the contraband from a kitchen in Phoenix and monitored distribution throughout Yavapai and Maricopa counties and beyond.
Christopher Martin was identified as the "chef" who developed the various food products all containing THC/hashish, detectives said.
In Prescott, search warrants were served at the following business locations: Green Cross of Prescott, 919 12th Place #14 and Hippie Village Emporium, 635 Walnut. In Phoenix, search warrants were served at Banquets and More at 1732 W. Bell Road, the James home in the 6800 block of South 15th Place, JRC (Joint ReLeaf Compassion Club) at 3143 E. Roosevelt St., AZ CPC at 1833 E. Indian School Rd. and Green Cross of Phoenix at 1000 E. Indian School Rd.
Chris Martin was booked on a number of drug charges and in custody on a $270,000 bond.
Andrea Martin was booked for possessing marijuana and narcotic drug for sale. She has been released on her own recognizance.
James was booked and remains in custody on a $250,000 bond. Goodrich was also booked and remains in custody with a $100,000 bond.
Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking, in partnership with the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, Prescott Valley Police Department, Prescott Police Department, Chino Valley Police Department, Yavapai and Maricopa County attorney's office and the Phoenix Police Department, conducted the investigation.
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