Feds indict 24 for SoCal drug trafficking ring

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Law enforcement officials have unsealed three federal indictments charging 24 alleged gang members and their associates with operating a widespread narcotics network throughout the Southern California area.

The announcement and 12 arrests on Thursday capped an 18-month multi-agency drug trafficking investigation dubbed "Operation Rose Bud." The arrests are in addition to two suspects already in custody, two who were deported, three still under investigation and five remaining fugitives.

The operation targeted the Varrio Pasadena Rifa street gang, which allegedly sold and distributed crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in the San Gabriel and Antelope valleys. Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez says the drugs came from the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel.

Investigators seized meth, heroin and cocaine with a street value of $2.5 million.