Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. busts Mendoza heroin drug ring

Just heard on KFI news radio:

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has busted 48 members of the Mendoza drug organization, which reportedly up ’til now had been moving 15 to 20 pounds of black tar heroin a week. This clan, a Oaxacan Indian family, had allegedly been smuggling heroin for two decades through Tijuana into southern California.

The traffickers initially stumped investigators listening to the wiretaps,  as they communicated about their activities in a local dialect from their home village in Oaxaca. Other points of interest: they distributed the illegal product in plain sight in parking lots of 99 cents stores, Home Depot, Food 4 Less, and McDonalds, and used Ford, Hondas, and Pontiacs in which to stash the drugs.

U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O’Brien said “the defendants in the case were indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin, among other charges. If convicted, they face 10 years to life in federal prison.”

Click here for the Los Angeles Times story on the clan and how they did it.