Arkansas Drug Bust Brings Down California Kingpin

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KNWA) – A two-year investigation brings down a drug kingpin from California, and it all started in Northwest Arkansas.

Since March, 2015,  Local law enforcement has been cooperating with the DEA and FBI to take down gang leader Larry Navarete, a known member of the criminal gang “MS 13.”

It began with a seven-ounce crystal meth drug bust at a home in Northwest Arkansas.

That triggered a federal investigation which took the leader down. He has been incarcerated in a California prison since 2008 on separate charges.

The investigation concluded that Navarete had been directing shipments of crystal meth from his prison cell to parts of Arkansas.

Since then 25 pounds of meth have been seized and 18 people in the western district of Arkansas have been indicted and sentenced to a total of more than 91 years of imprisonment.

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