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Authorities break up alleged San Diego drug ring linked to Mexico

February 22, 2013 |  1:12 pm

Federal authorities in San Diego said they have dismantled a drug trafficking ring linked to Mexican organized crime groups that sold large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine on the streets of northern San Diego County.

Twelve members of the ring, most of them from the northern San Diego County city of Vista, were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday; one was already in custody, and six remain fugitives, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Diego.

Authorities said the defendants operated a long-running distribution ring that imported the drugs from Mexican organized crime groups based in Tijuana and Guadalajara. The investigation took one year.

“The conclusion of this investigation marks the end of a large scale methamphetamine transportation and distribution organization that has been operating in San Diego County,” said William Sherman, the acting special agent in charge of San Diego’s DEA office.

The defendants face drug conspiracy charges.


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