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* 25 Arrested in Contra Costa County for Alleged Meth Sales in Operation Roadrunner

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The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI have arrested 25 people in connection with methamphetamine trafficking throughout the county, sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee announced Friday. Nine of those suspects have been federally indicted, Lee said. The investigation, known as “Operation Roadrunner” because it involved suspects believed to be engaged in long-haul methamphetamine distribution routes from Southern California and Mexico, began in early 2008.  Since then, the sheriff’s office and the FBI have served 13 search warrants throughout east Contra Costa County and seized five guns, including a shotgun and an assault weapon, 22 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of about $800,000, $40,000 cash and five vehicles, two of which were equipped with secret compartments allegedly used for smuggling large quantities of narcotics, Lee said.  Sheriff’s Captain Daniel Terry said in a prepared statement that the suspects under federal indictment are believed to be responsible for
transporting and distributing large amounts of methamphetamine throughout the county.

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