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DEA busts multi-state drug organization based in Southern Cal. with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel

December 11, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
DEA busts multi-state drug organization based in Southern Cal. with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel

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A one-year long investigation by DEA agents into a drug organization with links to Mexican drug cartels led to the apprehension of 14 individuals on Wednesday in Los Angeles County.

According to authorities, twenty-nine search and arrest warrants were issued on Wednesday morning in Arizona, California, and Utah.

Authorities recovered approximately $3.2 million, close to 400 pounds of meth and other drugs, along with firearms, NBC Los Angeles reported.

“Domestic drug trafficking organizations working in close coordination with Mexican cartels and violent street gangs are ever present in the Los Angeles area,” said John S. Comer, the DEA Special Agent in Charge.

“These groups distribute their toxic substances throughout our communities, and the DEA is committed to suppressing the drug threat and violence associated with the drug trade. Working with our local law enforcement counterparts, we can successfully target and penetrate all levels of the supply chain and dismantle these organizations.”

The drug distribution “cells” were obtaining cocaine, meth, and heroin from the Mexican cartels, one of which includes the Sinaloa Cartel. They were then disseminated across the Southwest portion of the country, as well as to LA gang members, investigators reported.

The warrants were administered at “stash” houses in Huntington Park and South Gate areas of L.A.

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