Authorities in the East Bay have arrested 17 people and seized $18 million in drugs in what officials describe as one of the region's biggest drug busts.
According to a press release issued by West Contra Costa County Police Chiefs Association, the two-year enterprise called Operation Crystal Lens involved ten local agencies as well as federal officials from the FBI, Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals and the U.S. Secret Service.
The bust resulted in the seizure of $950,000 in cash, 475 pounds of methamphetamine, 158 grams of cocaine, numerous guns with high capacity magazines and cars and motorcycles.The arrests were announced on Thursday, though they began in November.
Authorities didn't identify the arrested suspects, but said they had ties to the Norteno street gang. The drugs were allegedly provided by the Mexico-based Sinaloa drug cartel.
According to the press release, one remaining suspect named Gabriel Uritz remains at large. There was no description available for that suspect.
The operation was supervised by the state Department of Justice.
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