IEDs, Guns, Meth Seized In SoCal Bust On Iraqi-Mexican Drug Cartel

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — A narcotics and weapons trafficking ring involving the Southland Iraqi community and a major Mexican drug cartel is no longer in business on Friday after a raid by federal law enforcement officials.

KNX 1070’s Tom Reopelle reports the suspects linked to the Chaldean Organized Crime Syndicate were caught selling large amounts of illegal drugs, guns and IEDs, or improvised explosive devices.

Authorities raided an Iraqi social club at 811 E. Main St. in El Cajon that was described as the hub of drug sales, gambling, prostitution, and other criminal activity.

Local and federal officers who took part in “Operation Shadow Box” said the smugglers were also found to be shipping IEDs from El Cajon to Iraqis in Detroit, where the Chaldean syndicate is based.

U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said police also found “another individual in possession of a pipe bomb that contained gunpowder, marbles and nails, and it was designed in such a way to be used as a weapon”.

In all, police arrested 60 people and seized 18 pounds of methamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine and other drugs, along with more than 3,500 pounds of marijuana; $630,000 in cash; four IEDs; and more than 30 guns, including assault rifles.

  • TT

    Awsome Work !! Thank You :)

  • TheWindrunner

    Down with the Chaldeans, whoever the hell they are.

  • The Big Logic

    Just another immigrant group of usurpers intent on taking advantage of the new libloon leadership in America.

  • jkaang

    Boy this government hates competition.

  • Janet

    So that’s where the Weapons of Mass Destruction went…..

    • wayne

      Not funny.

  • TT

    Credit where credit is due – Im just glad they are off our streets….

    • Ron

      KUDOS for the investigative group and arresting officers.

      But the article said “Authorities raided an Iraqi social club at 811 E. Main St. in El Cajon that was described as the hub of drug sales, gambling, prostitution, and other criminal activity.” Do you think we will be prevented by Obama, Jerry Brown, The Mexican Mafia, ACLU and Al-Qaida from checking fingerprints and if they are illegals. So now we have IEDs here in the U.S., not just in Iraq or Afghanistan, where they are used to MAIM and KILL OUR MEN and WOMEN. I think that NOW this discovery should TRUMP any BLEEDING HEART excuse for IMMIGRANT RIGHTS. If not, all those that DENY us that right to DEMAND proof of CITIZENSHIP of anyone questioned for any criminal activity, should be charged with TREASON !!!

  • Christopher Mulrooney

    This is just a wake up call to all Americans, They are trying to bring the fight here. This is a message to those who buy drugs your supporting terrorist in their mission of causing havic and distruction here on American Soil.

    • Ron

      Unfortunately, people who buy and take drugs could not care if they are supporting terrorists or not. You can’t reason with drug addicts.

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  • Col Bill SF Ret

    they should be tried, if found guilty imprisoned with out parole, serve their FULL sentence, have ALL of their property seized and sold as applicable and then deported without ever be allowed to return to American soil. They, if convicted are truly criminals and bring shame on all their people by their actions. There are many honest people in their country that have been loyal allies and friends to America during the war. Let their own country deal with them when they return home as an embarrassment to their country!

  • Ben

    Ahh the mythical assault rifle!

  • Jon

    Does anyone believe anything the zionist controlled government or zionist controlled corporate media has to say anymore?

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