Police in the US have dismantled an organized drug ring operated by a group of six university students in California, authorities said this week, adding that two of the suspects are of Vietnamese origin.
The six students from the University of California, Santa Cruz, including three women, were arrested on March 4 on suspicion of running the ring, police said in a statement released on Tuesday.
The suspects have been identified as Mariah Dremel, Benny Liu, Cesar Casil, Nathan Tieu, Hoai Nguyen, and Cecilia Le, all 21 years old.
The six suspects shown in a combined photo provided by the police. They include two Americans of Vietnamese origin -- (bottom) Hoai Nguyen (right) and Cecilia Le (middle)
About 5,000 tablets of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy or Molly, that weighed about 1.85 kilograms were found and have a street value of more than US$100,000, police said.
Officers learned that multiple packages containing MDMA tablets were being sent through the US Postal Service over the past few weeks to three Santa Cruz addresses, where search warrants were served on Friday (March 4), police said.
They also learned that Homeland Security investigators were able to stop a second shipment from arriving to the group, police said.
MDMA is a psychoactive drug that can lead to serious health complications or death.