The case involved the cities of Huntington Beach, Brea, Anaheim, Tustin and Fullerton, according to Callus. DEA agents and law enforcement officers from various cities were also involved.
The investigation began with an undercover drug buy in February from a suspect believed to be connected to larger traffickers. The detectives then asked for the assistance of the DEA and continued to conduct surveillance on the target until leads were developed on two different traffickers who were allegedly supplying the primary suspect. Detectives learned that one of the larger traffickers was believed to be shipping ecstasy to Hawaii and Texas via a postal service, Callus stated.
In April, the detectives and DEA agents arrested the primary target in Tustin, who agreed to identify two larger drug traffickers. An arrangement was made with the Costa Mesa Police Department Narcotics Team to conduct surveillance in Huntington Beach on the trafficker believed to be shipping ecstasy to Hawaii.
After observing a cocaine transaction between this trafficker and another customer in Huntington Beach, DEA agents and the detectives, joined by the Costa Mesa police surveillance team, seized more than 4,200 Ecstasy pills, psilocybin, LSD and ketamine, and more than $35,000 in cash at this location, according to Callus.
Detectives and DEA agents then drove to Brea and arrested a suspect on suspicion of selling ecstasy. At that location, more than 2,500 Ecstasy pills, a pound of psilocybin, LSD, ketamine and almost $4,000 in cash was seized.
Leads from the Brea location led to a Fullerton business where, with the assistance of the Fullerton Police Department Gang Unit, an alleged female Asian gang associate was arrested on suspicion of possessing 2,000 Ecstasy pills.