Authorities in Ga. bust Mexican drug traffickers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Thursday, November 4, 2010

JONESBORO, Ga. -- Federal and local authorities say they have arrested 45 people and seized drugs, cash and guns as part of an investigation into a major Mexican drug cartel operating in metro Atlanta.

At a news conference Thursday, federal and local authorities said Operation Choke Hold targeted the distribution network of La Familia Michoacana (mee-cho-wah-KAHN'-ah), known as La Familia.

Authorities say they seized 46 pounds of methamphetamine, 43 kilograms of cocaine, 4,120 pounds of marijuana, 20 guns and about $2.3 million in cash during the investigation.

Investigators say the La Familia cell based in Atlanta imports cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana. The network distributes significant amounts of the drugs to Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina.

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