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Posted at 3:37 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Cops bust "La Familia" members

By Clarence Williams

D.C. police and federal officials have arrested eight men with ties to Mexico's La Familia drug cartel who sought to set up operations in the Washington metro area, law enforcement officials said.

Authorities also have seized millions of dollars worth of methamphetamine as part of the investigation.

Undercover police and ICE agents arrested the men on federal conspiracy charges last week and the authorities are expected to make a formal announcement on Wednesday. Investigators served search warrants in three states and arrested the men Dec. 10, during raids which netted pounds of crystal meth and dozens of gallons of liquid meth, the sources said.

Authorities seized an estimated $5 million worth of crystal meth during raids near Atlanta. Officials also recovered six pounds of marijuana, three guns, and more than $15,000 in cash, from raids in the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina and in Temple Hills.

The investigation followed a purchase by a police informant and an undercover officer of a kilo of cocaine and five pounds of crystal meth in mid-November, from a local trafficker in the D.C. area, the law enforcement officials said.

That led investigators to a larger deal two days later. They met with a suspected La Familia cartel leader in Winston-Salem to discuss the purchase of large quantities of crystal meth. That leader, identified by authorities as Alberto Garcia Calderon, told undercover officers that he had unlimited amounts of meth and would to begin distribution in the Washington area, the sources said.

The officers and Calderon agreed to meet on Dec. 8, when authorities received nearly six pounds of meth from a house near Atlanta, the sources said. Two days later, undercover officers said they would pay the La Familia members more than $100,000 for 20 pounds of meth, in Winston Salem. Instead, ICE agents arrested four men in North Carolina, while other agents simultaneously raided two drug houses in Atlanta.

Authorities arrested and charged eight men in U.S. District Court in D.C. on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute crystal meth, the sources said. All the men are illegal immigrants, the sources said, and face extradition to the District.

By Clarence Williams  | December 14, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
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"Authorities arrested and charged eight men in U.S. District Court in D.C. on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute crystal meth, the sources said. All the men are illegal immigrants, the sources said, and face extradition to the District."
So please tell me again how illegal immigrants are not a problem in the US.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Woo hoo! Good job D.C. police and federal officials!

Posted by: rkayblock1 | December 14, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Liberal whites and other supporters of illegal aliens states, these are hard working people and they come here from El Salvador and Mexico to make a better living for themselves. Yeah right, the majority of these people coming here from these Spanish speaking countries are uneducated, lower class, criminals, and live like animals in El Salvador and Mexico by urinating and defecating in public.

Posted by: CaptainKangaroo | December 14, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

"Authorities arrested and charged eight men in U.S. District Court in D.C. on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute crystal meth, the sources said. All the men are illegal immigrants, the sources said, and face extradition to the District."
So please tell me again how illegal immigrants are not a problem in the US.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Let me answer your question BigDaddy651, immigrants are people, like you, like me, and your great Granddaddy. (who was also an immigrant, right?) and much like the people in your family, immigrants and children of immigrants have trouble-makers as children. In short, you are a racist.

Posted by: MajorFacemask | December 14, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

All you racists need to move to Africa and form your own colony. Build a big fence with your own money to keep out illegals. There, you can live without the interference of BIG government and Obamacare.

Posted by: rastamon2 | December 14, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Mexico, the gift that keeps on giving. We need to close our borders and stop the illegals invading our country with their violence, crime and poverty. We need to put Mexico in check, or we won't have a country left.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | December 15, 2010 4:29 AM | Report abuse

They came here to work! Pass the Dream Act so they can join the military!

Posted by: Cornell1984 | December 16, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

First of all illegal aliens are not immigrants,they are criminals.
What an insult to the honest immigrants who do observe the law of the land.Not because they want to,but beacause they must.There are people that have been waiting for years to receive a green card in order to come to America.WHERE ARE THE LIBERAL LAWYERS TO FIGHT THE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HONEST PEOPLE WHO RESPECT THE IMMIGRATION LAWS OF THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMRICA,WHERE IS THE a.l.c.u.?
Now the next stop for Law Enforcement is to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Wash,D.C.
The liberal media is not reporting on the crisis that has plagued my Nation for years,that is the corrupt personnel in Congress who look the other way of the mexican invasion sponsored by not only mexico but the marxist regime occupying the White House,and the last three previous Administrations.IF WE FIX THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT,WE FIX ALL OF THE PROBLEMS LIKE ILLEGAL ALIENS BACKPACKING DRUGS INTO THE UNITED STATES

IMPOSE TERM LIMITS,NO MORE 30,40,50,YEARS IN CONGRESS

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

Posted by: MPDCSCOUT135 | December 17, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

First of all illegal aliens are not immigrants,they are criminals.
What an insult to the honest immigrants who do observe the law of the land.Not because they want to,but beacause they must.There are people that have been waiting for years to receive a green card in order to come to America.WHERE ARE THE LIBERAL LAWYERS TO FIGHT THE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST HONEST PEOPLE WHO RESPECT THE IMMIGRATION LAWS OF THE GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMRICA,WHERE IS THE a.l.c.u.?
Now the next stop for Law Enforcement is to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Wash,D.C.
The liberal media is not reporting on the crisis that has plagued my Nation for years,that is the corrupt personnel in Congress who look the other way of the mexican invasion sponsored by not only mexico but the marxist regime occupying the White House,and the last three previous Administrations.IF WE FIX THE CORRUPT GOVERNMENT,WE FIX ALL OF THE PROBLEMS LIKE ILLEGAL ALIENS BACKPACKING DRUGS INTO THE UNITED STATES

IMPOSE TERM LIMITS,NO MORE 30,40,50,YEARS IN CONGRESS

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

Posted by: MPDCSCOUT135 | December 17, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

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