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Parents Indicted in Heroin Trafficking Ring Now Facing Child Abuse Charges

For Immediate Release: July 18, 2017
Contact: Mia Garcia (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov

TUCSON - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced 88 new criminal charges against 13 defendants accused of operating a major heroin trafficking ring in Tucson. Five of the 13 charged are also facing child abuse charges.

In November 2016, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Phoenix Division, the Pima County Sheriff's Department dismantled a major heroin trafficking ring. According to investigators, as they served 32 indictments and multiple search warrants, heroin and cocaine were found inside some of the defendants’ homes where they lived with their children. Laboratory tests confirmed the children were allegedly exposed to high levels of cocaine from the drugs being stored and manufactured at the homes.

Investigators also believe more than $800,000 was laundered. Many of the defendants accused of laundering money allegedly received fraudulent state benefits through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).

A State Grand Jury indicted 13 defendants on the following charges:

Sean Player Dixon - Child Abuse, Possession of a Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Equipment or Chemicals for the Purpose of Manufacturing a Narcotic Drug, Manufacturing a Narcotic Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Money Laundering, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise.
 
Ricky Player Manning Jr. - Child Abuse, Possession of a Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Equipment or Chemicals for the Purpose of Manufacturing a Narcotic Drug, Manufacturing a Narcotic Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise.
 
Jeneayi Lasha Manning Qualls - Child Abuse, Possession of a Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Equipment or Chemicals for the Purpose of Manufacturing a Narcotic Drug, Manufacturing a Narcotic Drug, Drug Paraphernalia, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise.
 
Raymond Colmenero Pro - Child Abuse, Possession of a Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise.
 
Makayla Shae Bower - Child Abuse, Possession of a Narcotic Drug for Sale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise. (not indicted in original case)
 
Anthony Alfredo Torres - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Money Laundering, Use of a Wire Communication in a Drug Related Transaction, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise.
 
Ethell Marie Lopez-Perez - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise.
 
Terrence Deandre Gooden - Misconduct Involving Weapons, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Money Laundering, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise.
 
Plessis Madjibeye - Tampering with Physical Evidence, Hindering Prosecution, Money Laundering, Forgery, Theft by Material Misrepresentation, Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise. (not indicted in original case)
 
Pauline Serra Dixon A.K.A. Pauline Brandon-Stewart - Money Laundering, Forgery, Theft by Material Misrepresentation, Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise.
 
Tamara Rachell Willis - Money Laundering, Forgery, Theft by Material Misrepresentation, Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise. (not indicted in original case)
 
Jennifer Ann Estrada - Money Laundering, Use of a Wire Communication in a Drug Related Transaction, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise.
 
Ana Audy Rascon - Money Laundering, Forgery, Theft by Material Misrepresentation, Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices, Conspiracy, and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise. (not indicted in original case)
 
All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.