A federal grand jury has indicted 15 people — including one fugitive — accused of being part of an ecstasy distribution ring responsible for trafficking more than $10 million worth of drugs, authorities said Thursday.
Thirteen people were arrested last month at the end of a wiretapping and surveillance operation carried out by a multi-agency task force including the Drug Enforcement Administration. The alleged ecstasy ring is suspected of distributing more than 1 million pills.
Tuan Vu, 24, of Alhambra remains at large and is being sought by authorities, United States Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.
Another suspect, 22-year-old David Kong of Los Angeles, has agreed to turn himself in Monday, Mrozek said.
Those listed in Wednesday’s federal indictment included four El Monte residents, two Monterey Park residents, a Rosemead resident, a Temple City resident and a La Mirada resident.
Tony Barerra Jr., 37 was arrested July 22 at his West Covina home, where authorities allegedly found about 600,000 ecstasy pills, valued at more than $6 million.
During the course of the investigation, which began early this year, authorities seized drugs from warehouses in Industry and Arcadia, according to an affidavit. Guns, cash and drugs were also seized during the investigation.
*PHOTO of Tuan Vu courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office