Sheriff's Detention Officer among 18 arrested by DEA

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SIERRA VISTA — Eighteen people, including a Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Detention officer, were charged with being part of a cocaine trafficking and purchasing ring, according to federal and county law enforcement officials.

“The majority of the arrests were in the Bisbee, Douglas and Sierra Vista areas,” said Drug Enforcement Agency spokeswoman Ramona Sanchez, adding the investigation includes suspected participants from Tucson.” at this time.”

For Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels the arrest of one of his officers, Mario Serrano, is particularly disappointing.

“Members of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office occupy a position of trust not only within this organization but in our community. When they fail to live up to the oath that each and every one of them has taken, they no longer deserve the privilege to work in these positions,” Dannels said.

Serrano, who has been a county detention officer since December 2001, resigned from his position immediately, according to the sheriff, who noted the arrest was part of a multiple agency investigation.

Sanchez, who works from the DEA’s Phoenix office, said the arrests took place during two days, based on search warrants issued by the Pima County Superior Court

The Arizona Attorney General’s office will be handling the prosecution, through the state court system, she added.

“It’s unfortunate people in all professions can become involved in such criminal activities,” Sanchez said, adding a list of all the names of those charged is expected to “be released today (Wedmesday).”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated after an original breaking item was published by Adam Curtis earlier in the day on Tuesday, June 4.

dogmaah on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 1:54pm

Abusing drugs and alcohol are apparently a legend of the Dever era. The
Cochise County Sheriff’s Department needs to take a serious look at its
employees and do a thorough ethic evaluation on everyone. The on-going
behavior of CCSO employees is embarrassing.

AZ Shooter on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 2:39pm
Title: Dummy . . .

Dummy . . .

Sumtingwong on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 8:01pm

Hess, You like to write way more words, that are necessarry for any story.
But in this case, youe headline says 18 arrested, but you only name one.

Just The Three of Us on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 7:32am

My thoughts, dogmaah. Considering the unfortunate way in which Dever himself
died (drunk driving) and all these long-time employees being arrested lately,
one really must wonder just how deep this goes? Is the department seriously
corrupt? Or was Dever just asleep a couple of decades?

goodmorning on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 8:58am

It happens in all professions. Just so happen law enforcement, professional
sports and so on are under the spot light so you’re going to read about the
one’s under the spot light. Hess proved it as Suntingwong brought up. Hess
mentioned one name, why because law enforcement is under the spot light and
the other 17 were just low life in a job if they had one that isn’t under the
spot light. If I had a family of 5 and one get’s in trouble at 16 years old,
does it mean i was asleep 16 years as a parent when the other 4 were “good”
or not getting caught at doing something wrong? Dever did a good job and like
all of us made a mistake or two. We all aren’t prefect and sometimes we do
something wrong and get caught, it stays with us and everyone judges someone
on a bad decision and forget about what was done right. Hope you live a
prefect life JTToU, because I mess up in life but learn as I get older from
my mistakes. Can’t watch someone 24/7 and trust doesn’t work all the time

Just The Three of Us on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 1:18pm

I would agree with you goodmorning if we were discussing one 16 year old in a
family or a bunch of low-lifes that may or may not have a job. We are not
talking about either of those situations. Therefore, I’ll stick to my

goodmorning on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 8:51pm

JTToU you totally lost the point! Don’t think I can put it more simple. You
are to deep in thought on this subject and don’t need to be. You can’t watch
anyone 24/7 to include yourself unless you never sleep. You also missed the
17 that were arrested, so yes I was talking about them also, they must not
have had a high profile job or they would have been mention also. What
article are you reading? Not the same one I read! Did you also miss the word
trust. The one family member out of 5 was a example of how you can’t watch
anyone 24/7. Only God can watch someone 24/7 and I’m not God nor is CCSO. You
must know what everyone is doing 24/7 good or bad! I guess you’ve never known
a person that got in trouble and thought he/she was the last person on earth
that I thought would do something like, they seemed like such a nice person,
or did that just go over your head also! Notice the other article with names?
Guess their job wasn’t a high profile job to make the headlines of their job!

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