Two sisters charged in drug operation in San Manuel, part of a bigger issue

Fentanyl bust a part of bigger problem

SAN MANUEL, AZ (KOLD News 13) - After completing a four month investigation, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has charged two sisters in connection to a drug selling operation out of the San Manuel area.

According to PCSO, investigators learned that 45-year-old Angela Melton was selling pills that deputies believed were fentanyl, out of the convenience store where she worked near the 28500 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard. The pills were reportedly delivered to Melton by her sister, 49-year-old Judy Burfield, who lives in Tucson.

The PCSO said both Melton and Burfield are being charged with possession for sale of narcotic drugs and transportation for sale of narcotic drugs.

The arrest is a bit of shock to some of the residents. Lori Hovenstine has been in the town for the last four years.

“I am really surprised that you’re telling me that there was something that happened in my little neighborhood,” said Hovenstine. “It’s like I don’t believe it.”

Clarence Horn has been the pastor at San Manuel Assembly of God for 30 years. He and his church are trying to help with the drug issues in town.

“People do not realize just how dangerous fentanyl is. We have seen so many lives lost because of this drug and we are proud of the work our narcotics detectives did to get these drug dealers off the street. San Manuel is much safer today because of their investigation,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb, in an earlier release.

PCSO NARCOTICS UNIT CHARGES TWO SISTERS IN CONNECTION TO A FENTANYL OPERATION IN SAN MANUEL

PCSO NARCOTICS UNIT CHARGES TWO SISTERS IN CONNECTION TO A FENTANYL OPERATION IN SAN MANUEL The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed a four-month investigation after receiving information about fentanyl being sold in the San Manuel area. Investigators learned 45-year-old Angela Melton of San Manuel was selling fentanyl pills from the convenience store where she worked near 28500 block of Veterans Memorial Blvd. Investigators say the drugs were being delivered to Melton by her sister, 49-year-old Judy Burfield, who lives in Tucson. “People do not realize just how dangerous fentanyl is. We have seen so many lives lost because of this drug and we are proud of the work our narcotics detectives did to get these drug dealers off the street. San Manuel is much safer today because of their investigation,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. Both are facing charges of possession for sale of narcotic drugs and transportation for the sale of narcotic drugs.

Posted by Pinal County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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