An Arizona man was arrested for his role bringing large quantities of methamphetamine to Fairbanks between 2019 and 2020 according to a Department of Justice news release. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

An Arizona man was arrested for his role bringing large quantities of methamphetamine to Fairbanks between 2019 and 2020 according to a Department of Justice news release. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)

Arizona man arrested for trafficking 60 pounds of meth to Fairbanks

The scale indicates it could be part of a larger operation.

An Arizona man was arrested by federal agents for allegedly trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine to Fairbanks for distribution, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Daniel Torres-Zubia, 41, was arrested on charges of conspiring to send large quantities of drugs for redistribution, according to the department. Torres-Zubia allegedly transported about 60 pounds of meth to Fairbanks from Las Vegas and Arizona, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

The Drug Enforcement Agency began investigating Torres-Zubia in 2019. The ability to rapidly supply large amounts of meth to a Fairbanks-area drug dealer may indicate that he’s part of a larger drug trafficking operation, according to the Department of Justice.

The street value of drugs varies based on geography and availability, said Juneau Police Department Lt. Krag Campbell in an email.

The charges carry a minimum of 10 years imprisonment, and a maximum of life in prison for the most serious charges, according to the department.

The FBI, DEA, Alaska State Troopers, Arizona Department of Public Safety and police departments in Fairbanks and North Pole helped investigate the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan D. Tansey is prosecuting the case.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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