US Busts West Coast Coke Ring Run Out Of El Salvador

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By LatAm Reports Editor

Salvadoran structure would be linked to cocaine seizure in the U.S.

The drug office of the sheriff’s office in Ventura County, California, United States, recently reported that they arrested eight people linked to a “transnational drug trafficking” structure operating in the south of that U.S. state.

According to a statement issued by U.S. authorities, this structure had “direct communication with high-ranking members of the same organization,” but operating in El Salvador.

“Detectives made eight arrests and confiscated more than five pounds of cocaine, five firearms and a significant amount of suspected drug profits,” sheriff’s officials announced in a press release issued last week.

According to authorities, this network supplied cocaine in Ventura and Los Angeles counties and did so through drivers who distributed the drug daily to hundreds of people in these two cities. The captured were identified as Joel Cruz Ayala, Elmer Ayala Ayala, Luis Cruz, Wilfredo Castillo, Lisandro Moreno, Kevin Bonilla, José Ayala Hernández and Noel Cruz.

The authorities say that the main link of the structure with El Salvador is Luis Cruz, with whom he allegedly maintained constant communication.

In addition, at the time of the capture, the authorities also confiscated more than five pounds of cocaine, five firearms and cash, which was allegedly part of the proceeds from the sale of drugs.

The drug office of the sheriff’s office in Ventura County, California, United States, recently reported that they arrested eight people linked to a “transnational drug trafficking” structure operating in the south of that U.S. state.

According to a statement issued by U.S. authorities, this structure had “direct communication with high-ranking members of the same organization,” but operating in El Salvador.

“Detectives made eight arrests and confiscated more than five pounds of cocaine, five firearms and a significant amount of suspected drug profits,” sheriff’s officials announced in a press release issued last week.

According to authorities, this network supplied cocaine in Ventura and Los Angeles counties and did so through drivers who distributed the drug daily to hundreds of people in these two cities. The captured were identified as Joel Cruz Ayala, Elmer Ayala Ayala, Luis Cruz, Wilfredo Castillo, Lisandro Moreno, Kevin Bonilla, José Ayala Hernández and Noel Cruz.

The authorities say that the main link of the structure with El Salvador is Luis Cruz, with whom he allegedly maintained constant communication.

In addition, at the time of the capture, the authorities also confiscated more than five pounds of cocaine, five firearms and cash, which was allegedly part of the proceeds from the sale of drugs.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in  La Presea Grafika.