13 People Indicted On Charges Of Operating East Bay Drug Ring

May 15, 2019 15:55 pm · 9 comments

Federal prosecutors in San Francisco announced Wednesday that 13 people have been indicted on charges of operating an East Bay drug ring that allegedly sold cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Nine defendants are charged in the grand jury indictment with conspiring to sell the four drugs. Seven of those defendants and six others face additional charges of possessing or distributing drugs and/or conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

Prosecutors said in court documents that the investigation began in 2017 when undercover agents allegedly bought cocaine and heroin from defendant Jeffrey McCoy, 46, of Pittsburg, at locations including Pittsburg and Antioch.

Court-approved wiretaps then allegedly led to defendant Lorenzo Lee, 66, of Antioch, an alleged supplier, and to others accused of selling the drugs.

Prosecutors said five of the defendants were arrested on April 30 in connection with an earlier criminal complaint in the case.

AJ BUTTACAVOLI May 15, 2019 at 4:54 PM

There’s no question that the use of drugs is one of the biggest problems this nation faces. But one wonders if the so-called “war on drugs” is working. As far as I can see drug use is worse than ever and even with all the big busts drug use continues to escalate. So the question remains, can drugs be legalized and not destroy the social fabric of the country? Of course, the booze industry will always lobby against legalization and the health care industry imagines a health crisis so severe that it would wreck the industry. But could it be possible to actually legalize drugs so that they don’t destroy the nation’s social structure? If government controlled the sale of drugs imagine the money that would be made and the problems that could be solved beginning with the homeless. At the same time the government would have to provide nation-wide clinics to deal with the use of drugs and the many individuals that would need health care. In short, the government would have to actually invent a whole new level of health care solely for drug use. The scare, of course, is that the entire system would be overwhelmed and even the government couldn’t deal with it. But would that many people actually use drugs if they could buy them from government sources?

peps paw May 15, 2019 at 6:26 PM

no, government going into business to sell to drugies just would not work. just look at the d m v here, it’s s shamble. the only thing that could possible come out of it, is that you and I and every other citizen would be paying of the free drugs being distributed. just look at san franswer.

Badge1104 May 15, 2019 at 6:55 PM

Probably would not work. I also object to how many people will say that if this or that were legalized and taxed, it would be OK. this is never worked out in the tax revenue never seems to be what was expected all while the problems overwhelm a different section of society and costs us in different ways

jon s May 16, 2019 at 5:29 PM

Fixing the homeless?
Aren’t you just special?
Then what?
World peace?
Have another drink.

Barbosa May 15, 2019 at 5:52 PM

This is the problem with living in a socialist state like California, it just kill the entrepreneurial spirt of its citizens.

Sandy Buckley May 15, 2019 at 6:12 PM

Legalization of drugs has proven successful in several other countries, and I’m in agreement with the previous commenter that it could work here. The two primary obstacles are “Big Pharma” and the self-appointed moralizers. (Drug abuse is a medical/psychological problem, not a moral issue.) Once we figure out how to deal with them, the rest should be easy.

S May 16, 2019 at 7:52 AM

well good luck with the latter

Ricardoh May 15, 2019 at 7:58 PM

The death penalty would be OK with me. How many died doing their drugs?

Michael May 15, 2019 at 9:38 PM

Dr. Dean Edell retired talk show host of 30+ years advocated legalization back in the 90’s. We now have a 48 year history of failure under the current system so lets move on and legalize it.

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