Drug ring smuggled pills through Spokane airport

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SPOKANE — Federal investigators contend women with ties to a Los Angeles gang smuggled about 10,000 illicit pills a week for several years through Spokane International Airport.

The prescription painkillers were sold by drug dealers and the cash was often flown back to California.

Local and federal drug agents busted the oxycodone ring in March 2013, implicating dozens of people.

The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that investigators used wiretaps, luggage searches and social media postings to learn that women were hiding drugs on their bodies, arriving with between 2,000 and 3,000 pills every two or three days.