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Ashland sting nets 4 pounds of meth, 2 arrests

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Two California men face felony drug charges following a south Ashland sting operation Wednesday that allegedly netted four pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a secret compartment.

Martin Cordova-Garcia, 26, of Turlock, California, and David Gomez-Aguilar, 23, of San Jose, were arrested in the 500 block of Clover Lane on meth possession and delivery charges accusing them of trafficking drugs to Southern Oregon at the request of an informant working with Oregon State Police, according to documents filed Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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Orange County Has The Most Opioid Deaths In California

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ORANGE COUNTY (CBSLA) — A new study has found that more people are dying from opioid overdoses in Orange County compared to other parts of California.

According to a study by the county, heroin and fentanyl overdoses have climbed in the O.C. since 2016.

The study also found that the opioid overdose death rate for Orange County is higher than the statewide rate.

Opioid-blocking drugs, like Narcan, have been named the gold standard for combating opioid addiction, however, less than half of Orange County’s addiction treatment centers currently carry the drug.

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Northern California drug trafficking case connected to Aryan Brotherhood investigation

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SACRAMENTO — A 2015 federal investigation into two alleged Vallejo heroin dealers led to one of the biggest prison gang takedowns in Northern California history, targeting the Aryan Brotherhood, prosecutors revealed in recently filed court records.

Brian Butler, 59, and Vicente C. Zavaleta were charged in May with conspiracy to distribute heroin in Vallejo. The offense dates cover a time period from late 2015 to early 2016, and Butler was charged with several additional heroin-related offenses that allege he trafficked heroin in Solano County during the summer of 2015.

In recent court filings, federal prosecutors revealed that the investigation led to a series of phone wiretaps that have resulted in a massive case aimed at 16 Aryan Brotherhood leaders, members and associates. The case is centered on five prison homicides — and four alleged murder plots — within the state prison system. Among those charged are two of the three men who allegedly lead the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, Ronald Dean Yandell, 57, and Daniel Troxell, 66.

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Feds reveal new drug trafficking case connected to massive Aryan Brotherhood investigation

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SACRAMENTO — A 2015 federal investigation into two alleged Vallejo heroin dealers led to one of the biggest prison gang takedowns in Northern California history, targeting the Aryan Brotherhood, prosecutors revealed in recently filed court records.

Brian Butler, 59, and Vicente C. Zavaleta were charged in May with conspiracy to distribute heroin in Vallejo. The offense dates cover a time period from late 2015 to early 2016, and Butler was charged with several additional heroin-related offenses that allege he trafficked heroin in Solano County during the summer of 2015.

In recent court filings, federal prosecutors revealed that the investigation led to a series of phone wiretaps that have resulted in a massive case aimed at 16 Aryan Brotherhood leaders, members and associates. The case is centered on five prison homicides — and four alleged murder plots — within the state prison system. Among those charged are two of the three men who allegedly lead the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, Ronald Dean Yandell, 57, and Daniel Troxell, 66.

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