Shelli DeRobertis 2 p.m., July 30
Head of El Cajon Meth-Ring Sentenced To 14 Years
On September 16, a U.S. District Judge sentenced local meth-pusher Luis Carlos "Tiny" Barragan to 14 years in federal prison, said U.S. District Attorney Laura Duffy in a press release.
Barragan was the leader of a meth-distribution ring, which stretched through parts of El Cajon, Spring Valley, Santee, and National City.
According to court documents, several members of the operation were affiliated with the El Cajon Hoodlums, an East County street gang. The founder of the gang, Alexander Espinoza, was said to have been Barragan's second in command and will face sentencing on September 30.
Members of the East County Regional Task Force, which is comprised of local FBI agents, DEA agents, Sheriff's deputies, and local law enforcement officers, busted the meth-ring as part of a year-long investigation known as "Operation Eclipse."
Pictured: Hoodlums from MySpace page