Drug-trafficking ring run from prison busted in California

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a year-long investigation of drugs sold by gang members taking orders from a prison boss resulted in 14 arrests — and more are likely.

The Ventura County Star reported Monday that search warrants were served at 10 locations last week, including at an Imperial County prison. Officers seized heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, along with handguns, ammunition and a large stash of cash.

The newspaper says investigators found the drug trafficking operation was allegedly being directed by an inmate at Calipatria State Prison. Officials allege the 34-year-old inmate was organizing shipments of meth, cocaine and heroin into Ventura County from behind bars. Gang members then allegedly sold the drugs, in smaller quantities, to street-level dealers.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

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