State and local authorities in California worked with federal law enforcement to break up a drug distribution network run by the Nuestra Familia prison gang and the Norteño street gang. Law enforcement officials announced their success with "Operation Red Reaper" on June 19. A total of 21 people, ranging in age from 19 to 49, were taken into custody.
On June 5, it was reported that four people were taken into custody at a California dog boarding facility. According to the report, three men and one woman were accused of drug-related crimes.
Law enforcement in Los Angeles, California, are charging three German nationals with crimes related to running an illegal drug market online. According to authorities, the three accused ran a hidden marketplace where drugs, counterfeit goods, and malicious computer software was sold. The federal complaint was made public after a two-year investigation into the activities of the defendants.
On April 19, former MLB All-Star player Esteban Loaiza began serving a prison sentence in California for felony drug possession. A federal judge in San Diego sentenced the 47-year-old pitcher to three years in prison and five years probation on March 8. He was facing up to 10 years in prison.
A Riverside County Superior Court judge sentenced a 31-year-old Temecula man to two years in state prison on January 3 after being accused of drug dealing by area police. A second individual, a 49-year-old Temecula man, was also sentenced to three years of felony probation after pleading guilty to in September to a related drug possession offense.
On Nov. 28, four California men were arrested for allegedly running a sophisticated drug trafficking scheme out of San Jose. The defendants, who all range between the ages of 35 and 42, are facing various drugs and weapons charges.