45 charged in San Diego methamphetamine sting
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say 45 people have been charged in San Diego with gun and methamphetamine trafficking crimes, calling the investigation a result of increasing amounts of the drug coming from giant labs in Mexico.
U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said Thursday that her office prosecuted 910 methamphetamine cases in the 2013 fiscal year, five times the number of cases since 2008. She vowed to intensify efforts to crack down on trafficking of the drug.
She says the increased prosecutions coincide with a huge jump in methamphetamine seizures at California border crossings with Mexico.
Duffy says the arrests targeted six street gangs, five of them Asian. Eight search warrants were executed.
Forty defendants were in custody on Thursday morning after a three-day sweep.