DEA takes down major methamphetamine distribution tied to local drug cartel

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A major take down by the DEA dismantled a multi-state methamphetamine network tied to Sinaloa cartel.  Forty-three people in San Diego are charged with distributing methamphetamine around the world.

During the coordinated takedown that began early this morning, investigators executed over a dozen search warrants and seized approximately 80 pounds of methamphetamine, four firearms, and more than $100,000 in U.S. currency.

As of today at 1 p.m., 32 of the forty-three defendants are either in federal or state custody. Authorities are continuing to search for 11 defendants.

Many of the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda Lopez at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

According to the indictments and other publicly filed court documents, this San Diego based network supplied multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine and gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) to dozens of subdistributors located throughout the United States and the world, including California, Arizona, Oregon, Wyoming, Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Virginia, Washington, D.C., New Jersey, New York and the United Arab Emirates.

In return, tens of thousands of dollars in narcotics proceeds were returned to the network’s leaders via shipments of bulk cash, structured cash deposits into bank accounts, and online money transfer systems like PayPal, Zelle, Venmo, and Cash App.

KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez has more on this story.

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