Federal prosecutors in California announced on Aug. 7 that 17 law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshals Service will be teaming up to curb rampant drug use, robberies, gun sales and other crimes in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. The crackdown is expected to last for at least a year. A representative from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California said the multi-agency operation was being launched to improve the lives of local residents and not to harass the area's large homeless population.
California television fans might be interested to learn that actress Sonja Sohn was arrested on drug charges in North Carolina in the early morning hours of July 21. She was allegedly found to be in possession of cocaine during a traffic stop.
A man and woman from California have been detained on suspicion of buying and selling drugs. The individuals were detained following an investigation by an officer at the Wasco Substation.
A routine traffic stop that took place early in the morning on July 9 led to a trip to jail for a 30-year-old California man. The police officer who made the stop took the Los Angeles resident into custody after finding several pounds of marijuana and $116,000 in cash in the trunk of his vehicle. While the recreational use of marijuana is now legal in the Golden State, individuals can still face serious charges for cultivating and selling large quantities of the drug.
One California man is facing significant prison time after he was allegedly caught distributing methamphetamines in creative packaging. Police say that the 48-year-old man, accused of being a member of a street gang in Los Angeles, was found with thousands of dollars in meth. The drugs were packaged to look like 14 foil-wrapped burritos in order to draw attention away from the items. However, after being convicted on federal drug and gun charges, the man was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was also ordered to five yeas of supervised release and a mandatory assessment of $300.
California police claimed credit for an undercover action that led to dozens of arrests on a number of drug charges. State police agencies were involved in the raids along with local and federal law enforcement. Called "Operation Red Reaper," the investigation allegedly disrupted a significant amount of criminal activity linked to the distribution of methamphetamine and related crimes, including violent activities. Police say that the drug distribution was linked to two gangs, Nuestra Familia and the Norteño street gang.
The recreational use of marijuana was approved by California voters in 2016, but that does not mean that arrests for cultivating and distributing the drug have ended. On June 5, a marijuana eradication operation involving almost two dozen law enforcement agencies was conducted in the Anza Valley, which is known to be an area where marijuana is illegally grown on an industrial scale.
Two people were arrested in association with the seizure of several assault rifles and more than 500 pounds of methamphetamine in California. According to news outlets, the methamphetamine seized by law enforcement had a value of $1.25 million on the street. The people who were arrested, a 55-year-old Apple Valley man and a 21-year-old Ontario man, had been under investigation for two months.
Authorities say that three men were taken into custody on drug distribution and money laundering charges. They were charged in a Los Angeles court but were originally taken into custody in Germany in April. The charges stem form their purported roles in running Wall Street Market (WSM), which sold narcotics and other counterfeit items. WSM also sold malicious computer hacking software and stolen data. Authorities say that another man faces similar charges for acting as a moderator on the site.
A 39-year-old man who was convicted on drug trafficking and weapons possession charges following a three-day trial has been sentenced to 100 months in a federal prison. The sentence was handed down on April 19 by a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco. The judge also ordered four years of supervised release for the man once he has completed his custodial sentence. He has remained in custody since his February 2016 arrest and will begin serving his sentence immediately according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California.