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Feds stop Iraqi-Mexican drug operation in Calif.
Federal agents say they took down an Iraqi-Mexican drug and gun trafficking ring in California
By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) ' Federal officials say they've taken down a drug and weapons trafficking ring involving members of San Diego's Iraqi community and a major Mexican drug cartel.

Police in El Cajon (kah-HOHN') say the suspects linked to the Chaldean Organized Crime Syndicate were caught selling large amounts of illegal drugs, guns and improvised-explosive devices.

Authorities say the smugglers were also found to be shipping drugs from El Cajon to Iraqis in Detroit, where the Chaldean syndicate is based.

El Cajon and federal police say they have arrested 60 people and seized 18 pounds of methamphetamine, narcotics, cocaine and other drugs; more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana; $630,000 in cash; four IEDs; and more than 30 guns, including assault rifles.

Police say the operation had a Mexican military source to supply grenades.

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