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San Diego – The arrests of 13 suspects mark the end of a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking organization that was operating in San Diego County, federal officials said.

“This organization was distributing multipound quantities of methamphetamine in our cities, and making a huge profit,” William Sherman, acting special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in San Diego, said in a statement issued Thursday by the U.S. attorney’s office.

The ring also trafficked in cocaine.

Twelve of the defendants were arrested on Wednesday, officials said. Seven are from Vista; two are from San Marcos; and the other three are from Oceanside, Spring Valley and Los Angeles.

One defendant was previously arrested.

Six others named in a criminal complaint are fugitives.

The arrests follow a yearlong investigation by the DEA and the Major Mexican Traffickers Strike Force.

The drug ring brought methamphetamine and cocaine into San Diego County from cartels based in Tijuana and Guadalajara, Mexico, officials said.

In addition to the DEA, members of the strike force include the FBI, IRS, and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Local law enforcement agencies also participated in the investigation.

Daphne Hearn, special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego field office, said in the statement that the investigation has disrupted “a significant methamphetamine criminal enterprise.”

 

 

 

 

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