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Law enforcement task force breaks up huge drug ring

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

A Bay Area law enforcement task force broke-up a large drug trafficking ring operating out of San Mateo County.

Federal and local police have arrested 27 people during a sweep conducted Tuesday, primarily in the East Palo Alto and Menlo Park areas. Large quantities of money, drugs and firearms were also confiscated. Over 900 agents from the FBI Safe Streets Task Force used wiretaps and worked undercover for two years to dismantle this drug ring that sold cocaine and meth to local gangs.

"They provide funding. They promote fear among our citizens, and they encourage a variety of violent crime," said Stephanie Douglas with the FBI in San Francisco.

"We're making it very clear that we are not going to tolerate crime and violence in our community and those that would terrorize us," said East Palo Alto police Chief Ron Davis.

Authorities are still looking for six people who remain on the loose. They are considered armed and dangerous.

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