That redneck crack known as oxycodone has reached down the coast from the hinterlands of eastern Washington state to our own backyard.
LAPD announced a massive drug bust today, stating that 41 people, including 28 in L.A., were in custody for narcotics-related violations.
The department says hundreds of cops, DEA agents and state and local law enforcers served 37 search warrants this morning up and down the Pacific coast:
Of all those arrests, 12 were in Spokane, Wash., and one was in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., according to LAPD.
Seattle DEA Special Agent in Charge Matthew G. Barnes:
Members of this ring regularly circulate between Los Angeles and Spokane to fuel their customers' insatiable appetite and pharmaceutical addiction.
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The operation stems from federal indictments "relating to the distribution, possession and
attempted possession of oxycodone hydrochloride," states LAPD:
Some of the individuals named in the Indictment face potential mandatory minimum sentences of 20 years in prison. In addition, the United States has filed a notice of criminal forfeiture seeking a money judgment in the amount of $20 million, which amount is alleged to represent the amount of proceeds obtained as a result of the charged controlled substances ...