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Latest news: 12-13-2010

Riverside gang members arrested on Federal drug violations

CA - Law enforcement authorities arrested 14 of 22 individuals Tuesday linked to a Riverside County-based street gang who are charged in a federal criminal complaint with trafficking methamphetamine and other offenses, including firearms violations.Three of the defendants in the case were already in custody on unrelated charges and five of the suspects remain at large.The charges are the result of a multi-agency investigation that began in mid-2009 into the activities of the Southside Indio (SSI) street gang. The investigation involved the Gang Impact Team, which is made up of personnel from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations; the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Riverside County District Attorney's Office; and the Indio Police Department. In addition, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshals Service provided significant assistance with Tuesday's operation.

Full story, Cypress Times

Police chief talks about the dangers of meth

OK - Meth-making is taking place in “a minimum” of 100 local residences at least once a week, according to Bartlesville’s chief law enforcement officer. Tom Holland, police chief for the Bartlesville Police Department, recently spoke to a standing room only audience at Arvest’s Financial Forum about the rising use of methamphetamine and the easily accessible ingredients to make the highly addictive drug. “The problem with meth is that you can go to the drug store, stop off at the hardware store and go home and you have enough to make it,” said Holland. “That’s the problem. It’s nothing exotic.” He said meth addicts are seen at the Bartlesville Police Department on a weekly basis, and that a “minimum of 100 residences are cooking meth a least once a week.”

Full story, Examiner-Enterprise

Meth dealer tied to Mexican drug cartel gets 20 years

WA - A 38-year-old Monroe man with connections to the Mexican drug cartel "La Famila" was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle Friday to twenty years in prison. U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez imposed the mandatory minimum 20-year prison term. Michael A. Johnson was convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of an explosive in May of this year. The investigation into the significant narcotics trafficking organization began in December of 2008.

Full story, News Tribune

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