20 indicted in West Texas-based drug trafficking ring

June 23, 2018 - 10:44 am

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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