01 Nov '11, 12am

US authorities halt 'massive' drug trafficking ring responsible for smuggling about $41m worth of drugs each month

US authorities halt 'massive' drug trafficking ring responsible for smuggling about $41m worth of drugs each month

Authorities have dismantled a 'massive' drug trafficking ring responsible for smuggling more than US$33 million (S$41.3 million) worth of drugs through the US state of Arizona's western desert each month in recent years, officials said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AP PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities have dismantled a 'massive' drug trafficking ring responsible for smuggling more than US$33 million (S$41.3 million) worth of drugs through the US state of Arizona's western desert each month in recent years, officials said on Monday. The ring is believed be tied to the Sinaloa cartel - Mexico's most powerful - and its members smuggled more than 1.5 million kg of marijuana, 9,071kg of cocaine and 4,535kg of heroin into the US through Arizona, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE and the Pinal County Sheriff's Office arrested 22 suspected smugglers tied to the ring on Th...

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