By Dialogo November 03, 2011 U.S. authorities announced on November 1 that they have dismantled a gang that was operating with the Mexican Sinaloa cartel and bringing drugs worth around $33 million dollars a month into the United States. The gang, which is estimated to have been trafficking more than 330 tons of drugs a year by way of the state of Arizona, was dismantled following an investigation that lasted 17 months, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) indicated in a statement. As part of the operation, 76 people were detained, from leaders of the gang — which operated for five years — to drivers of the vehicles in which they transported the illegal merchandise from the border to the city of Phoenix. From there, the drugs were distributed to other areas in the United States. Over the last week, the authorities seized two tons of marijuana, 19 weapons, and almost $200,000 dollars in cash. “We’ve sent a resounding message to the Mexican cartels that Arizona is off limits to their operatives,” said Matthew Allen, a Homeland Security Investigations agent.