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Yakima Police Make Major Drug Bust

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Police broke up a major drug ring last week. Today investigators shed more light on what they found.

Police say this is the first time in the history of Yakima County that they've arrested and charged a leader of an organized crime ring.

Chief Sam Granato along with Sgt. Joe Salinas and other law enforcement agents who assisted in the bust showed off the 372 pounds of marijuana and $100,000 in cash they seized last week.

Most of the evidence was taken from a house at 711 north First Street, but police also raided a home at 2801 Castlevale Road.

Police have 11 suspects in custody. The leader of the ring is 19-year-old Juan Ramirez who now has 29 different counts against him.

Chief Granato says this is a sign of what's to come if more pressure isn't put on local gangs.

"This is evidence of our local gangs transitioning from your neighborhood street gang thugs to organized activity," said Chief Granato.

The Gang Enforcement unit has been working on this case for almost a year now. They say they are still searching for several more suspects.

Ramirez bond has been set at $100,000.
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