Drug trafficking is no match for Operation Cerberus, says the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force (ICNTF).
Nearly three years ago, Special Agents with the ICNTF began a wiretap investigation that focused on a well-known drug trafficking organization out of Mexicali Baja California Norte (BCN), Mexico. This investigation, Operation Cerberus, specifically targeted a number of drug trafficking cells that operate at the southwest borders of Arizona and California.
Throughout the course of the investigation, it was a number of other distribution networks throughout the United States were discovered, including Los Angeles, Illinois, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.
In addition to the work of ICNTF Special Agents, a number of law enforcement agencies partnered with the ICNTF to make this investigation a success, including:
- Calexico Police Department
- California Highway Patrol
- Imperial County District Attorney’s Office
- Imperial County Probation Department
- Montebello Police Department
- Drug Enforcement Administration
- San Diego HIS Marine Task Force
- United States Border Patrol
- Homeland Security Investigations
The Success of Operation Cerberus
Operation Cerberus also resulted in 224 phone interceptions; 17 executed search warrants; the seizure of more than 3,000 pounds of cocaine (with a street value of nearly $96 million), 100 pounds of methamphetamine, and more than 800 pounds of marijuana; and the collection of more than $4 million.
Carla Provost, Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector Border Patrol, said that Operation Cerberus’ success was a result of the collaborative efforts of the law enforcement communities of Imperial Valley. She went on to say that this partnership ultimately makes communities safer while sending criminals a message that these collective resources will continue to “eliminate the danger” of criminal organizations.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection serves as the unified border agency under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security.