The Pinal County Attorney’s Office was one of seven agencies involved in executing arrest warrants for six individuals across the state on Friday morning.
The six people were indicted by a Pinal County grand jury on Sept. 26 on counts including solicitation to commit homicide, money laundering and promoting prison contraband, according to a PCAO press release.
Angel Lopez Garcia, already serving time in prison, faces 159 counts, and his wife, Carmen Fischer Garcia of Phoenix, faces 47 counts.
Angel Garcia is accused of being a validated member and leader of a large prison gang, with gang-related ties dating back nearly 20 years.
The indictment also alleges Garcia directed drug sales, extortion, fraud, money laundering and homicide — all while being incarcerated in federal and state prison.
Of the 159 counts against Garcia, 75 are for use of a wire in a drug or Chapter 23 (organized crime) offense, a class 4 felony. He faces 29 counts of money laundering in the first degree (class 2 felony) and another 29 of money laundering in the second degree (class 3 felony) and four counts of solicitation of murder (class 3 felony).
Thirty-one of the 47 counts against Carmen Garcia are for use of a wire in a drug or Chapter 23 offense.
The four others indicted — Rosio Robles Gonzales, Oralia L. Garcia and Tanya Garcia-Ochoa of Phoenix and Rosemary Ann Garcia of Bisbee — are believed to be female associates within the gang.
“Their indictments state female associates are commonly used to facilitate the collection, holding and distribution of money, assist in the packaging and shipment of drugs and contraband, pass and forward mail and messages and often act as go-betweens conducting some gang business to better shield it from law enforcement,” the release states.
Those four women face a combined 102 counts.
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Phoenix Police Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Arizona Department of Corrections, FBI Violent Street Gang Task Force, Arizona Department of Public Safety and PCAO worked together on the investigation of the gang-related incidents.
“Today, we continue to take the fight directly to those criminal organizations breeding perpetual violence and drug-related criminal activity,” Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said in a statement. “The extraordinary investigation and collaborative efforts leading to these indictments and arrests represents a dedication to safer communities among the seven law enforcement agencies involved.”