An FBI-led process pressure arrested 18 individuals recognized in a sequence of federal indictments with hyperlinks to a Southern California drug ring that additionally offered unlawful weapons.
The early morning arrests throughout Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire had been the end result of Operation “Black Phoenix,” which recognized 25 suspects concerned in illicit narcotics and gun trades. 4 of these recognized are already in custody, officers stated, whereas three stay at massive.
Investigators from the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Division and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division seized about 28 kilos of methamphetamine, a quarter-pound of cocaine and crack cocaine, and 16 firearms — together with a number of so-called “ghost weapons,” which lack serial numbers that may very well be traced by legislation enforcement.
Six of the accused had been concerned in a single drug deal involving a number of kilos of methamphetamine, officers stated. One of many seven indictments filed by prosecutors alleges a sequence of meth gross sales that embody two 1-pound offers and 4 2-pound transactions.
In two different indictments unsealed Tuesday, prosecutors detailed unlawful weapons gross sales involving ghost weapons. Dau Quay Duong, 53, and Christopher Nguyen, 47, each of Ontario, are charged with unlawful firearm gross sales, accused of promoting 5 AR-15-type rifles with no make, mannequin or serial numbers.
In one other indictment, Jonathan Domingo Go, 47, of Torrance, was charged with illegally promoting three firearms — two .40-caliber pistols and a 5.56mm assault pistol, which additionally lacked a producing mark and serial quantity.
The indictments embody quite a lot of prices, together with conspiracy to own with the intent to distribute narcotics and substantive narcotics trafficking offenses, such because the distribution of methamphetamine.
If convicted, many of the defendants will face obligatory minimal sentences of 10 years in federal jail, and a few will face a long time in federal jail due to intensive felony histories, in accordance with prosecutors.
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