VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Ventura County officials say the arrest of a man dubbed Mexico's "King of Heroin" has removed a half-million doses of the drug from California streets.
At a news conference Monday, authorities said a regional task force spent more than two years working its way up the chain of dealers until the arrest of Jose Antonio Medina last week in Mexico.
Wiretaps and surveillance of two midlevel dealers in Downey and Oxnard led to the seizure of more than 130 pounds of heroin in the county in 2008.
Authorities contend that Medina sent 440 pounds of heroin across the border each month for distribution from San Diego to San Jose.
Ventura County authorities say they'll request his extradition this week but the process could take weeks or months.
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Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
Deserts will dry out over the weekend, monsoonal moisture returning by Tuesday. Weekend temperatures slightly warmer as the high moves over the region, bringing in drier air. Beach conditions to improve Saturday. Water temperature slightly cooler than last week.
A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.