DEFENDANTS ARRESTED IN DRUG CONSPIRACY
OPERATION BLACK ICE RESULTED IN THE DISMANTLING OF A HEROIN TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION AND THE ARREST OF 50 MAJOR HEROIN DISTRIBUTORS NATIONWIDE.
For the past seven months the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Los Angeles Field Division in cooperation with the LA District Attorneys Office, LA County Sheriffs Department, Regional Narcotic Suppression Program (RNSP), Burbank Police Department, Downey Police Department, South Gate Police Department, St., Louis Police Department, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Glendale Police Department, PalmSprings Narcotic Task Force and the United States Customs Service have been involved in an ongoing heroin investigation.
Operation Black Ice is a multi agency, multi jurisdictional investigation focused on the Jose Serrano heroin trafficking command and control cell. This investigation revealed a violent, geographically diverse, family-based organization with tentacles extending from Uruapan, Michoacan, and Tepic, Nayarit Mexico to the Los Angeles metropolitan area; Fort Worth, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; Portland, Oregon; and St. Louis, Missouri.
Today, eleven (11) defendants were arrested in Southern California and 13 search warrants were served. During the course of the investigation, investigators seized over 30 pounds of heroin and $117,000.00 in U.S. Currency.
Those arrested today included:
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The above defendants are being prosecuted by the LA District Attorneys Office. Additional defendants were arrested today in St. Louis by the DEA St. Louis Field Division and various Missouri law enforcement agencies.
DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson stated today in St. Louis that, This case illustrates that heroin trafficking and violence go hand-in-hand. Nationally there is a concern that heroin traffickers are making new inroads into our nations urban areas. This case is a strong statement that heroin traffickers should not target our neighborhoods.