This from an overnight update:
California’s attorney general and the Imperial County District Attorney will file charges against more than a dozen members of a drug cartel that may have had operations in the Inland Empire, officials at the attorney general’s office said.
Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. will announce the indictments today in Imperial County. The indictments come following an eight-month investigation during which a state narcotics officer worked his way into a Mexican drug cartel.
The investigation, dubbed “Operation Silver Fox,” included surveillance operations in Colton, Rialto, Fontana, Ontario and Riverside.
Officials in Brown’s office said the indictments, which should offer a glimpse at the cartel’s Inland Empire operations, will be released today.
Along with more than a dozen indictments, the investigation netted weapons, drugs and drug-smuggling vehicles, including a truck with a 1,100-pound cocaine vault.
Following today’s announcement, which is scheduled for 10 a.m., Brown will meet with local law enforcement officials, including members of the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and Imperial County Narcotic Task Force, and with his cross-border counterpart, the attorney general of the Mexican state of Baja California.