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.
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.
Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, including former SDSU assistant coach Tony Bland now of the University of Southern California.
Firefighters working in steep canyons Tuesday got help from retardant-dropping aircraft flying around-the-clock as they saved homes from a smoky blaze that surged through suburban canyons in Southern California and sent hundreds scrambling for safety.
A Solana Beach surf instructor will compete against 17 other castaways for a one million dollar prize in the upcoming season of CBS' Survivor.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider Monday a proposal banning certain items that could be used as weapons in unincorporated areas where border wall prototypes are set to be constructed.
A woman who was hit by a pick-up Friday night as she crossed Encinitas Boulevard to catch a train remained in critical condition on Monday.
A 29-year-old man was stabbed to death at a City Heights homeless encampment and a woman was hospitalized Tuesday with a stab wound from the same attack as police searched for the assailant, authorities said.
The City of Chula Vista is making a push to hire more officers as the city's population continues to steadily grow and the police department said it does not have enough officers to keep pace.
A fire at an East County condominium complex damaged two residential units Monday and left a woman seriously injured, authorities reported.