SAN DIEGO -- (KRON/AP) -- Authorities arrested 19 people in connection with an international drug trafficking and illegal gambling ring Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Arrests were made in Louisiana, Phoenix, Sacramento, Southern California and Virginia.
Two other people were previously arrested, including Owen Hanson, who played football at the University of Southern California more than a decade ago.
Nearly two dozen people were indicted this month in San Diego.
The federal indictment, unsealed Wednesday, alleges that Hanson ran an organization that sold drugs from heroin to meth, laundered millions of dollars through shell companies, operated illegal sports gambling websites, ran a network of bookies, and strong-armed debtors.
READ: 22 Charged with Racketeering Conspiracy, Related Crimes Involving Drug Trafficking, Illegal Gambling, Money Laundering - U.S. Attorney’s Office
Operations allegedly were conducted in the U.S., Australia and other countries.