Newcastle Man Arrested on Drug Trafficking Charges

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By Website on February 22, 2018.

A Newcastle man has been arrested on criminal charges in connection with organized crime, drugs and illegal weapons out of Woodland. The arrest was part of a widespread Northern California investigation by the FBI, the state Corrections Department and Woodland Police. 

18 arrests were made on federal charges and 10 more on state charges. 28-year-old James Masterson of Newcastle was among those charged. He allegedly used a cell phone to facilitate drug trafficking.

According to the Auburn Journal, a coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement conducted 69 searches throughout Northern California last week. They reported the undercover investigation was focused on intercepting communications from people involved in drug and firearms offenses — including cell-phone calls and texts, and posts on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other messaging platforms.