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TUCSON-A Tucson drug trafficking organization with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel was dismantled by Homeland Security Investigations.

It's not the first time the Sean Player Dixon organization was targeted, 32 members of that organization were arrested seven months ago, and just a few weeks ago the organization was delivered a second blow.

News 4 Tucson obtained  an 88 count indictment on the  Dixon Drug Trafficking Organization.  In it charges that ranged from  narcotics to child abuse.

Francisco Burrola is the Deputy Special Agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations. He said the child abuse charges stemmed from the November arrests. 

That’s when agents served arrest warrants on 12 locations.  The Pima County Sheriff’s department who also took part in those arrests said they placed nearly a dozen children with relatives or the Department of Child Services. 

Sheriff’s Captain Deanna Johnson told News 4 Tucson in an interview dated November 4, 2016. It was absolutely dangerous and many of these homes where there were children, there were firearms located there was ammunition.

HSI, the Sheriff’s Department, along with Drug Enforcement Administration participated in raid.

The main target and alleged ring leader is Sean Player Dixon. He was also charged with multiple counts of child abuse along with his 36-year old nephew Ricky Player Manning Jr. his niece, 34-year old Jeneaayi Lasha Manning Qualls.

They were arrested back in November, and rearrested just weeks ago along with, 23-year old  Makayla Bower, and 43-year old Anthony Torres,  40-year old Raymond Pro and 39-year old Jennifer Estrada were also arrested.

Burrola said, “We are charging them with additional state charges , some are new as far as new charges identifying new individuals associated with this organization.”

Some of those individuals were also accused of money laundering, forgery, and fraud involving food stamps and the Arizona Department of Economic Security. 

Burrola explained, “The state's giving you money to support you but at the same time you are making illicit profits over here and diving into both kitties."

Some of the names were redacted from the indictment because they haven't been arrested.

The Dixon organization  is associated with the Sinaloa Cartel considered to be the most  dangerous and ruthless  of the drug cartels.

“They'll do anything they can to get their illicit merchandise into the United States and make their profit.  So is it death if you get in their way, yes, more than likely.”

Federal agents said, the Dixon Organization is responsible for moving nearly one million dollar’s worth of heroin, cocaine, and meth.

Agents seized weapons, drugs, and cash .

Burruola added, “It's very important to us to get this poison off the streets because we do live in these communities and we are seeing the ramifications of this narcotic.”

HSI continues their investigation all in an effort to keep the streets of Tucson safe

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