Dozens Arrested In Major Bay Area Drug Bust

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(Clockwise from upper left) Charles Edward Menifee III, Derrick Lane, Jesus Segura, Tony Giovanni Joseph, Shawn Curtis McKnight, Joey Earl Williams (FBI)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Thirty-four suspects are behind bars in connection with a major law enforcement operation that involved the FBI as well as local police, targeting narcotics dealers in the Bay Area.

The arrests are the result of a two-year investigation. Many of those now facing federal and state charges were apprehended in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

Stephanie Douglas is the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco office. She said that the operation took down a prolific drug trafficking operation.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

“The Williams Family drug trafficking organization supplied individuals of violent gangs, and associate members of violent street gangs with drugs throughout the Bay Area,” said Douglas.

East Palo Alto Police Chief Ron Davis said that these arrests will make his city safer.

”I think this tells the community that we are working together to make their lives better,” said Davis. “And also this sends a message, not just to that drug trafficking organization, but to others, that they will be held accountable.”

On top of the arrests authorities also seized more than $100,000 in cash and 11 firearms.

Six suspects remain at large.

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