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20 indicted in West Texas-based drug trafficking ring

Posted: 12:45 PM, Jun 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-24 13:45:43-04

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Prosecutors say 20 people have been indicted and arrested in a West Texas-based drug trafficking and smuggling ring.
    
A federal grand jury in Lubbock indicted the suspects on a charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana. The defendants are also accused of drug distribution and possession, plus unlawful use of a communications facility and bulk cash smuggling.
    
Officials say 15 people were arrested Thursday. Five were already jailed in Lubbock on related state charges.
    
Most of the defendants are from Texas – Lubbock, Meadow, Brownfield, Littlefield and Fabens. The others are from Pennsylvania, Alabama, Kansas and Mexico.
    
The indictment, returned earlier this month and unsealed Thursday, says the ring operated since January.

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