Alleged drug kingpin to face charges in Ventura

VENTURA — Ventura County court filings have linked this week's arrest of an alleged Mexican drug kingpin with a series of Southern California raids that netted more than 130 pounds of heroin in January 2008.

The Ventura County Star reported Friday that Jose Antonio Medina's arrest in Mexico on Wednesday was based on a criminal complaint filed in January 2009 by Ventura County prosecutors.

Court filings show that the 2008 drug raids occurred after wiretaps recorded 20 phone conversations about drug transactions over a three-month period between Medina and an Oxnard resident.

The taps also intercepted calls to a Downey man who allegedly delivered drugs supplied by Medina.

Prosecutors say Medina is awaiting extradition to Ventura County, where he will face drug charges.


Information from: Ventura County Star

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