News Release
Contact: Amy Roderick
Number: 858-616-4166

28 Charged Federally in Methamphetamine/Cocaine Distribution Ring
Local Arrests part of the national “Project Deliverance”

JUN 11-- San Diego, CA – Special Agent in Charge Ralph W. Partridge, San Diego Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Laura E. Duffy, United States Attorney for the Southern District of California today announced the federal charges against twenty-eight individuals with various drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offenses. The charges relate to a nationwide operation entitled “Project Deliverance.”   Individuals named in the cases are charged with a variety of crimes, including: conspiracy to import into the United States, and distribution of, methamphetamine and cocaine, money laundering, bulk cash smuggling, and firearms violations.

“The culmination of these investigations shows that the DEA and its law enforcement partners will continue to attack drug trafficking organizations at every level,” said San Diego Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special-Agent-In-Charge Ralph W. Partridge. “Today, we have put a huge dent in the business of the people who facilitate the transportation and distribution of drugs into the United States and are a direct threat to our communities here in San Diego and Imperial Counties.”   

Other agencies involved in the investigations were the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office, the El Cajon Police Department, El Centro Police Department, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Pomona Police Department, the LA IMPACT, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Marshals Service, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.