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Sinaloa drug cartel members arrested in Ventura County

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    13 people with ties to Sinaloa cartel arrested, millions of dollars in drugs seized in Ventura County

    Thirteen suspected members of a notorious Mexican drug cartel are behind bars, and more than $10 million worth of illicit drugs have been seized as part of a months-long investigation in Ventura County, authorities announced Tuesday.

    The arrests, which authorities say include high-ranking Sinaloa drug cartel members, were made as part of a multi-agency investigation that began last year, Ventura County Undersheriff Gary Pentis said.
    Omar Rangel, 29, of the San Fernando Valley, was the local leader of the ring, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department.

    Pentis said the drugs were smuggled from Mexico to stash houses in Southern California, where they were distributed to lower-level dealers in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Authorities say the proceeds from drug sales are sent back to the cartel in Mexico.