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22 Memphis gang members indicted for multi-state drug pipeline linked to California Crips, Mexican cartel

July 2, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
22 Memphis gang members indicted for multi-state drug pipeline linked to California Crips, Mexican cartel

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The Department of Justice held a news conference at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Memphis, Tennessee to discuss its probe into a multi-state drug pipeline linked to an armed drug trafficking group.

U.S. Attorney Larry Laurenzi announced the indictment against 22 purported gang members on a variety of drug, weapon, and money laundering charges in associated with a drug pipeline that ranged from California to Memphis.

Law enforcement officials said federal agents seized over forty-six pounds of drugs during the investigation that was launched in 2014, according to Fox16.

Federal prosecutors assert that cash was transported via mail from Memphis to Los Angeles.

14 gang members, 15 others indicted following drug trafficking investigation

Sixteen of the 22 defendants have been arrested.

Federal law enforcement official said 16 of the co-conspirators are reputed members of the Memphis-based Peda Roll Mafia.

Officials said the gang ran a distribution network in Tennessee and throughout the Mid-South area, including western section of Arkansas.

Authorities indicated the meth, heroin, cocaine, pills, and marijuana was supplied by California residents associated with the Grape Street Crips street gang.

The six remaining defendants members of the Grape Street Crips, who officials say maintain close ties to a Mexican drug cartel.

Additionally, 23 firearms were seized by federal agents in the bust.

The investigation was launched years ago when authorities learned that gangs were dealing drugs around the Bella Vista Apartment complex in Memphis.

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