Law & Justice
4:39 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Leader Of West Coast Trafficking Ring Gets 27-Year Sentence

A trial exhibit that shows the geographic scope of the Berrelleza-Verduzco trafficking ring.
Credit Court Exhibit: US v. Anchondo

One the ringleaders of a sprawling West Coast drug and gun trafficking ring has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said Friday this cartel-linked group took in “massive profits from the scourge of heroin addiction.”

The case involved three brothers from Mexico who ran a smuggling ring that federal authorities say had ties to a cartel on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Heroin and meth from Mexico were smuggled north to the Seattle area. The cash proceeds and guns flowed back south.

Federal wiretaps helped make the case.

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