Officers: Modesto-Area Drug Trafficking Ring was “Sophisticated”

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Almost a dozen people are facing charges in connection with an alleged meth and marijuana trafficking operation in the Modesto area that used hidden compartments and hollowed-out car parts.

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Wednesday morning, officers from the Department of Justice, ICE, Homeland Security Investigations, Placer County and other agencies served search and arrest warrants at two dozen locations around the Central Valley.

Two ranches in Stanislaus County were among the searched properties. During their investigation into the drug trafficking scheme, agents found five indoor marijuana grow operations, nearly 60 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $20,000 in cash.

More arrests are possible, investigators are still conducting searches and serving warrants.

Officers believe the organization was growing marijuana and distributing methamphetamine. Evidence found Wednesday morning leads them to believe the group was using sophisticated methods to hide and smuggle the drugs, including in hollowed out trucks, with hidden compartments.

Of the 11 people arrested so far, half will face felony charges, the others will likely be prosecuted for state offenses.

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