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Feds: L.A. Deputy accused of running security for drug trafficking ring

January 17, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Feds: L.A. Deputy accused of running security for drug trafficking ring

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L.A. Deputy accused of running drug trafficking ring

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was arrested by FBI agents during a raid targeting a drug trafficking ring on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors charged L.A. County Deputy Kevin Collins in a scheme that involved providing security for a drug
trafficking network.

Officials said Collins believed he was arriving to provide security for a drug shipment that was destined for Las Vegas when he was busted in Pasadena.

According to a Justice Department Press Release, agents seized 45 pounds of cocaine, over 13 pounds of methamphetamine and cash during the raid.

Collins reportedly boasted to undercover agents about his ability to make drug deals go smoothly and make problems go away, according to charging documents.

Feds were investigating Collins for a scheme to accept cash payments for providing security for illegal marijuana grow facilities, as well as assisting in the distribution of controlled substances.

Two other co-conspirators identified as 51-year-old David Easter and 34-year-old Grant Valencia were also arrested during the operation.

Officials said a fourth man, Maurice Desi Font, 56, of South Los Angeles, is expected to be charged by federal prosecutors in a second criminal complaint on Tuesday.

None of the defendants have entered pleas, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether they had hired attorneys who could comment pending charges.

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