Porterville Police, DEA bust large drug trafficking ring


Officers from Porterville Police Department with the help of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration took down a large scale drug trafficking organization- seizing 155 pounds of meth and 10 guns in a two year investigation. 

On Thursday, Porterville Police Chief Eric Kroutil with the DEA and U.S. Attorney’s Office made the announcement about the arrests and drugs seized. 

Chief Kroutil said his department narcotic investigation unit began an investigation in March 2017, targeting a person suspected of selling methamphetamine in the Porterville area. 

During the investigation, investigators discovered evidence of a large scale drug trafficking organization. 

The police department contacted the DEA, who agreed to join in the investigation with the goal of dismantling the drug trafficking organization. 

During the two year investigation, there were several large meth raids that were directly related to the drug trafficking organization. Federal agents recovered 139 pounds of methamphetamine, as well as cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Eight guns were also confiscated and a total of 38 people were arrested on drug related charges. 

Last month, Porterville police officers  and other law enforcement agencies served  8 search warrants and arrested 10 people on Federal Arrest Warrants stemming from this nearly 2-year long investigation. According to police, all of these individuals were identified as the major operatives of the Drug Trafficking Organization, and all were  federally indicted for various drug charges and are currently in federal custody.

Police said one person is still outstanding. 

Detective are currently tracking down those who have state arrest warrants. 

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