Los Angeles, California - As part of an international effort to disrupt narcotics trafficking on the darknet, members of the Los Angeles Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement (JCODE) Task Force today announced cases brought as a result of Operation DisrupTor. The cases charge members of a Southern California drug trafficking organization who allegedly distributed methamphetamine and other illicit narcotics to thousands of customers in at least 35 states and numerous countries around the world.

Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom today took action on several bills that continue California’s long-standing leadership as a state of inclusion and refuge. He also signed AB 3228, which strengthens accountability around conditions of confinement at private, for-profit detention facilities, including immigration detention facilities, operating in California.

Sacramento, California - National Puppy Mill Awareness Day tomorrow, Governor Gavin Newsom last Saturday announced that he has signed two bills to protect animal welfare in California. AB 2152 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) officially ends the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in California by closing a loophole in current law, while still allowing pet stores to partner with shelters and rescue organizations to showcase animals for adoption. 

Los Angeles, California - A Koreatown man was sentenced Tuesday to 210 months in federal prison for posing online as a teenager and targeting girls for sexual exploitation.

Great Falls, California - A California man who admitted to trafficking meth for supplying almost two pounds of the drug, which was hidden in a peanut butter jar and a piñata and mailed to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison and five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

Los Angeles, California - Members of an FBI-led task force Tuesday morning arrested 18 individuals named in a series of federal indictments that allege narcotics trafficking and firearms offenses, including the illegal sale of five AR-15-style “ghost guns.”