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April 2014 Archives

California authorities target alleged drug ring, 11 arrested

Eleven people were arrested after California authorities reportedly brought down alleged key players in a Tulare County drug ring. In addition to the 11 arrests, officers announced on April 14 that they had seized nearly 1,000 marijuana plants, 56 pounds of methamphetamine, four kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Defendants are facing allegations of drug possession and transportation. Some defendants are also accused of weapons violations.

State senator mounts criminal defense against firearms charges

A California state senator is facing serious federal allegations in connection with a federal investigation for corruption and arms dealing. The man, State Sen. Leland Yee, will be required to mount a criminal defense against accusations that he solicited campaign contributions from an undercover federal agent in exchange for brokerage through an international arms dealer. Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, allegedly has connections to a Chinatown gangster who has been convicted of drug crimes and racketeering, among other violations.