Sacto 9-1-1
July 16, 2008
Ten arrested in Sacramento region part of gang crackdown

From Chelsea Phua:

Authorities on Wednesday indicted nearly 60 people in a nationwide take-down of an Asian gang with operations in Sacramento, the Bay Area and as far as Denver, Colo., and Canada.

Ten of the gang members were arrested in the Sacramento region on suspicion of narcotics trafficking, including the conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute ecstasy, and the conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, federal prosecutors said.

The alleged drug activities took place between November 2007 to July 2008.

The investigation, dubbed "Operation Smoking Dragon," began in March 2007 and involved a phalanx of federal, state and local agencies, including the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Sacramento police and sheriff departments, Elk Grove and Yolo County law enforcement agencies.

The Sacramento County Probation Department and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation also participated.

Read Phua's full story

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