An investigation by a major news organization reveals that the country's top gun-enforcement group chose to target ethnic and racial minorities during recent drug sting operations. The investigation, conducted by USA TODAY, shows that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives targeted minorities during the use of a large number of stings during the past 10 years. The operations lure suspects by promising a major cash payoff for robbing a house known to have a drug stash. Nine out of 10 defendants convicted in those cases are minorities, many of whom had a lack of knowledge that they were targeted by the government agency in the first place.
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.