Probe targets L.A. drug network
November 18, 1997
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LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A multi-state drug bust Tuesday targeted suppliers of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines, and resulted in charges being filed against 82 defendants, federal authorities said.
"Operation Desert Stop" was aimed at suppliers in the Los Angeles area, St. Louis, Louisville, Kentucky and Atlanta, officials said.
Authorities said they seized $500,000 in cash and $750,000 worth of illegal drugs and drug-making chemicals in the early-morning raids. Most of the arrests were made in Los Angeles, which is reportedly the hub of a drug-trafficking network that originated in Mexico.
Most of the drugs would have been distributed to street gangs in South Central Los Angeles, authorities said.
The investigation that resulted in the bust started in Los Angeles 18 months ago. It involved the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Los Angeles-area law enforcement agencies.
Correspondent Greg LaMotte contributed to this report.