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    Feds bust San Diego-based meth trafficking ring

    Feds bust San Diego-based meth trafficking ring

    POSTED 6:37 PM, MAY 21, 2019, BY CITY NEWS SERVICE, UPDATED AT 08:15PM, MAY 21, 2019

    SAN DIEGO -- Indictments against 43 members of an alleged San Diego-based methamphetamine distribution ring tied to the infamous Sinaloa Cartel were unsealed in federal court Tuesday, leading to the arrests of 32 defendants and the seizure of drugs, guns and money.

    The defendants face drug trafficking and money laundering charges involving meth and GHB distributed throughout the United States, as well as to the United Arab Emirates, according to court documents.


    During a multi-agency operation conducted early Tuesday morning, 32 of the charged defendants were placed in federal or state custody, with 11 still at large. Investigators also seized 80 pounds of meth, four firearms and more than $100,000 in cash, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.


    Federal prosecutors allege the drug ring moved "large quantities of methamphetamine from San Diego to various locations in the United States and internationally, through FedEx and the United States Postal Service."


    Weekly drug shipments netted the ring's leaders "tens of thousands of dollars in narcotics proceeds," according to prosecutors, who said the suspects also created fake FedEx accounts billed to large corporations in order to conceal the drug shipments.

    "Today, we have completely dismantled this San Diego-based international drug trafficking network with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel," U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer said.


    An unspecified number of the defendants are slated to be arraigned Wednesday morning.


    "The Sinaloa Cartel relies on members of our communities to distribute their drugs," said U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Karen Flowers.

    "Because they manipulate our commercial distribution routes to make a buck, our streets are flooded with high purity and low cost methamphetamine. Without their distribution networks, such as the one dismantled today, cartels would not be able to operate drug businesses that rival Fortune 500 companies and dangerous drugs, like methamphetamine, would be scarce, expensive and of low purity."

    https://fox5sandiego.com/2019/05/21/...fficking-ring/
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    Wednesday, 22 May 2019 21:09

    Large Narcotics Seizure at an Apple Valley, CA, Body Shop

    Written by Matthew Cabe, Daily News



    Law enforcement officials seized 500 pounds of methamphetamine worth $1.25 million and multiple firearms at an Apple Valley auto body repair shop after a months-long investigation.Courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department


    More than 500 pounds of methamphetamine, multiple assault rifles and “bulk U.S. currency” were among the items seized amid a multi-agency drug investigation that led Southern California and federal authorities to an auto body shop in Apple Valley, California.

    The seized meth had a street value of $1.25 million, according to several Southern California-based news outlets.

    Manuel Gallardo, of Apple Valley, and Daniel Gonzalez, of Ontario, were arrested in connection to the investigation, which also led officials to an auto body repair shop. There, they also found 40 grams of Fentanyl and handguns, according to a statement released by the Alhambra Police Department.

    Jail records show that Gallardo, 55, and Gonzalez, 21, were arrested in the 22500 block of Tussing Ranch Road, a rural residential section of Apple Valley that becomes unincorporated San Bernardino County east of Central Road.

    The men were booked on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell, transporting meth for sale and possessing meth, while armed following a two-month-long joint investigation into drug trafficking by the Sinaloa cartel that involved the Alhambra and West Covina police departments, the California Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the news outlets.

    Among the seized items were five M4 and M16 rifles, six handguns and $38,000 in cash, according to the statement and news outlets.

    Gallardo was released on bail on Sunday, according to jail records. Gonzalez is being held at the High Desert Detention Center in lieu of $350,000 bail.

    The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against both men. Their cases are being heard in the Victorville Superior Court.

    Gonzalez pleaded not guilty to multiple felony counts. Gallardo, meanwhile, has not yet entered a plea. Jamie Cimino, deputy district attorney, told the Daily Press that Gallardo’s arraignment was delayed because he posted bail before formal charges were filed against him.

    His initial court date has not been scheduled, court records show. An ex parte motion was filed for “reexamination of bail.”

    Cimino said the motion will “ensure that bail is not coming from any sort of illegal means.”

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