Suspects in West Coast drug ring to appear in court 

click to enlarge Drug bust: Officials said a drug-trafficking ring shuttled cocaine between San Francisco and Vancouver; 20 Bay Area suspects in the alleged ring were indicted. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Drug bust: Officials said a drug-trafficking ring shuttled cocaine between San Francisco and Vancouver; 20 Bay Area suspects in the alleged ring were indicted.

Suspects nabbed in a massive West Coast drug-trafficking ring led by two San Francisco residents will appear in federal court this week and next.

Dozens were indicted in the Bay Area and Seattle as part of the four-year operation called Honduran Highway, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The trafficking ring stretched between San Francisco and Vancouver, British Columbia, officials said. The charges include conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 280 grams or more of cocaine base and 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said in a released statement.

The feds named San Francisco residents Antonio Jose Diaz-Rivera, 35, and Santos Cabrera-Arteaga, 30, as ring leaders.

Eight of the 20 Bay Area suspects who were indicted as a result of the investigation were arrested Wednesday with the help of local police agencies, including the San Francisco Police Department and the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force. Seven of the suspects have detention or status hearings in the next two weeks, federal officials said.

Of the 23 indicted in the Seattle area, 20 were arrested last week.

Two suspects in the indictment face wire fraud charges in connection to their purchase of a home in the 200 block of University Street in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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