Massive bust yields $1 million, cocaine

March 23, 2009 12:26:28 PM PDT
A two-year investigation into a major South Bay drug trafficking operation resulted in 14 arrests and the seizure of large quantities of cash and cocaine, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Santa Clara County district attorney announced Monday.

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District Attorney Dolores Carr and DEA special agent in charge Anthony D. Williams said a coordinated effort Wednesday morning yielded 14 arrests, including major players in an organization that distributes cocaine from Mexico across the United States and Canada.

Law enforcement agents also seized 91 kilograms of cocaine, approximately $1 million in U.S. currency, night-vision goggles, three firearms and 10 automobiles, according to press releases from the two offices. Carr and William

s are expected to release further details on the operation at a news conference this afternoon in San Jose.

According to the DEA, law enforcement agents executed search warrants at eight locations in Santa Clara and Alameda counties at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Various agencies participated in the effort, including the Monterey and Santa Clara County sheriffs' offices, police departments from San Jose, Gilroy and Mountain View, the Soledad Prison K-9 Unit, California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The DEA believes the drug-trafficking group is also responsible for an additional 100 kilograms of cocaine that agents seized in January.

The cash value of the total of 191 kilograms of cocaine seized is more than $5 million, according to the agency.

In a release, Carr described the seizure as "one of the largest operations in Santa Clara County history."

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