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North County Crackdown Takes Out Major Heroin Supplier

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A wanted poster for some of the fugitives allegedly connected to drug trafficking in North County.

North County Crackdown Takes Out Major Heroin Supplier

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Alana Robinson, acting U.S. attorney, Southern District of California

Transcript

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged 55 people in a series of drug cases they claimed were some of the most significant yet to deal with San Diego County's rising heroin and methamphetamine use.

The defendants are tied to a Tijuana-based drug trafficking organization that used San Diego gang members as distributors, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The organization allegedly supplied at least 25 percent of the heroin sold and used in North County.

“We’ve taken out one of North County’s largest heroin suppliers,” Acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson said in a prepared statement. “We anticipate seeing a huge impact now that these defendants are removed from our community, particularly in the North County cities of Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and other areas plagued by gangs.”

There were 90 heroin-related deaths in San Diego County in 2015, more than double the 40 deaths a decade earlier, according to Robinson.

Robinson joined KPBS Midday Edition on Monday with more on the bust's impact and who still remains at large.

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