U.S. Vet Rose to Power as Drug Kingpin in San Diego Case Involving 11K Pounds of Coke, $9 Million: Prosecutors

Piles of confiscated cocaine, seized during 18 different interdictions off the coast of Central and South America, are prepared to be offloaded from aboard the Cutter Boutwell at Naval Base San Diego on Oct. 6, 2014. (Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Piles of confiscated cocaine, seized during 18 different interdictions off the coast of Central and South America, are prepared to be offloaded from aboard the Cutter Boutwell at Naval Base San Diego on Oct. 6, 2014. (Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

A U.S. Marine veteran who rose to power as a reputed Mexican drug kingpin has been named in a massive cocaine-trafficking indictment in San Diego.

The investigation into Angel Dominguez Ramirez Jr.’s organization revealed “an unprecedented level of corruption within the Mexican government, local police departments, federal police agencies and military,” the U.S. attorney’s office said in a recent court filing.

More than 41 people have been charged in the case, which has yielded 5,000 kilograms of seized cocaine and more than $9 million in drug proceeds.

Dominguez’s organization sourced cocaine from Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, up through Central America and into Chiapas, Mexico, according to prosecutors. Transportation cells would move the cocaine into Mexico using boats, aircraft and commercial vehicles, then over the California and Texas borders for distribution into the United States, the court filing says.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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