18 indicted in massive AZ copper theft - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

18 indicted in massive AZ copper theft

Posted: Updated:
CBS 5 CBS 5

Eighteen people have been indicted in a multi-million dollar copper theft ring at an Arizona mine that he says relied on inside help, Attorney General Tom Horne said Tuesday.

"This is a stunning example of theft on a massive scale," Horne said.

The case began after the September traffic stop of a truck carrying nearly $180,000 of raw copper stolen from the Asarco mine in Hayden.

The Department of Public Safety said Asarco, LLC employees were involved in the theft of nearly $10 million of the metal. Defendants who had been working at the mine have been fired.

Rene Arbizo and Gene Garcia were supervisors at the mine and played critical roles in the thefts, DPS said. Both Arbizo and Garcia face 10 felony counts each as a result of the investigation.

The remaining 16 suspects face numerous charges, including illegally conducting an enterprise, conspiracy, money laundering, fraudulent schemes and artifices and theft.

Some of the defendants are accused of driving the copper loads to recyclers in California and Arizona, who would buy it for a fraction of market value.

The attorney general said the recyclers would blacken the copper so it could pass easily through customs on its way to China.

"For these defendants to abuse their positions at a mining producer and allow this valuable resource to be stolen and resold on the black market is unconscionable," Horne said.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • Man indicted for attempted murder of Lanett police officer

    Man indicted for attempted murder of Lanett police officer

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:22:25 GMT
    A Chambers County grand jury has indicted Jarod Moreland for Attempted Capital Murder of a Lanett police officer.  Per Lanett Police Chief Angie Spates, in August of 2013, Moreland allegedly took policeMore >>
    A Chambers County grand jury has indicted Jarod Moreland for Attempted Capital Murder of a Lanett police officer.  Per Lanett Police Chief Angie Spates, in August of 2013, Moreland allegedly took policeMore >>
  • Father accused of killing 5 children extradited back to S. Carolina

    Father accused of killing 5 children extradited back to S. Carolina

    Thursday, September 11 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-09-11 23:56:58 GMT
    The father accused of killing and dumping the bodies of his five children along a rural dirt road in Wilcox County, Alabama was successfully extradited back to the state of South CarolinaMore >>
    The father accused of killing and dumping the bodies of his five children along a rural dirt road in Wilcox County, Alabama was successfully extradited back to the state of South Carolina Thursday to face charges, according to local reports.More >>
  • breaking

    Missing juvenile boy located

    Missing juvenile boy located

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:05:39 GMT
    The Columbus Police Department has located a missing juvenile and returned him to his residence. Terrell D. Baldwin, also known as "Tank," was last seen at 513 35th Street on Wednesday, Sept. 10 2014.More >>
    The Columbus Police Department has located a missing juvenile and returned him to his residence. Terrell D. Baldwin, also known as "Tank," was last seen at 513 35th Street on Wednesday, Sept. 10 2014.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.