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Phoenix drug-case wiretaps tossed

• Arizona Republic

Sixteen suspects in a drug ring will walk and the futures of at least 17 others are unclear after a Valley wiretapping case was dismissed amid questions about a veteran Glendale detective's reliability.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Paul McMurdie on Thursday dismissed the case after ruling that information obtained during nearly a year of wiretapping could not be used in court. The decision came with doubts about a longtime narcotics detective, Laura Beeler.

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