3 Convicted in Calif Ecstasy Bust
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) _ Three members of a drug ring have been convicted of smuggling nearly 5 million doses of Ecstasy into the country.
The convictions were the latest to stem from a 1999 bust that netted 10 people, including a rave party promoter, and led to the seizure of $2.5 million in cash and about 700 pounds of Ecstasy.
``It was a significant conviction to us because this was the largest group operating in Southern California,″ Gary Pinkava, resident U.S. Customs agent in charge, said Wednesday.
A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted the three suspects Tuesday. A fourth man was acquitted of drug distribution.
The three face up to 20 years in federal prison when sentenced later this month.