13 arrested, $10M in drugs seized in California crackdown

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say 13 people were arrested and more than $10 million worth of illegal drugs were seized as part of a year-long crackdown on traffickers in Southern California.

Ventura County Undersheriff Gary Pentis said during a Tuesday press conference that those arrested include high-ranking members of a drug ring centered in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles. More arrests are pending.

Pentis says large quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl were smuggled in from Sinaloa, Mexico and distributed across Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

The investigation was conducted along with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Weapons and cash were also seized.
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