SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Nearly two dozen people were arrested and hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs seized in the break-up of a cross-border drug trafficking ring with direct ties to a violent Mexican drug cartel, authorities in San Diego announced Monday.
The ring was transporting large amounts of methamphetamine and other controlled substances into San Diego County for distribution across the southeastern United States, said William R. Sherman, acting special agent-in-charge of the San Diego branch of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
"When you take the arrests made here in San Diego and couple them with the coordinated nationwide effort this week against this violent organization, you see that we have disrupted their whole distribution chain, from the street seller to the middle man to the leaders of the organization in Mexico," Sherman said.
Drugs seized during the operation include more than 200 pounds of meth, nearly 200 pounds of marijuana, one pound of cocaine and three pounds of heroin, the DEA reported.
The San Diego County District Attorney's Office has filed charges against 12 defendants -- possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of meth and employing a minor to carry a controlled substance.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is also prosecuting defendants arrested as part of the takedown.
The 23 arrests are part of a larger, national DEA takedown dubbed "Project Delirium."
The 15-month-long investigation targeted major Mexican drug trafficking organizations with significant links to La Familia Michoacana, a violent Mexican drug cartel based in Michoacan, Mexico, according to authorities.
Across the country, 1,980 arrests were made and authorities seized $60 million in cash, about 2,770 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly 6,000 pounds of cocaine, 1,000 pounds of heroin, 14,000 pounds of marijuana and $3.8 million in other assets.
In the wake of the Gate Fire, which ignited May 20, the Bureau of Land Management has issued new restrictions for Southern California counties, including San Diego.
Veterans are being honored across San Diego County during Memorial Day weekend and dozens of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts were among those spending their Saturday placing American flags at burial sites at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.
With thousands of San Diegans expected to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach, lifeguards are on high alert and a have a few warnings for those headed to the water.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, is scheduled to visit local Navy personnel in San Diego and Coronado next week, her office announced Saturday.
A 30-year-old Vista man was arrested for drunk driving and failure to yield Saturday morning after leading Carlsbad police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with the suspect crashing into a pole, according to authorities.
A man, possibly armed, and holed up inside a home in the Bay Park community for about four hours Saturday surrendered to police without incident.
Vacationing homeowners were hit by thieves in Mira Mesa, but thanks to a smartphone app, the crooks did not get away with it.
Signs warning people to stay out of the water are once again posted in Imperial Beach after a new spill from Mexico dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River - polluting the South Bay.
Two defense contractors were sentenced to prison Friday for conspiring to steal more than $3 million worth of medical equipment from Camp Pendleton that the military had planned to ship overseas to treat injured Marines.