Massive drug bust nets 37 in US in ‘global ring’ investigation

Police say drugs seized were worth over $1.2m. 37 people are charged as a result of investigation US authorities have seized nearly 13 kilograms of suspected heroin and arrested at least 37 people in…

Massive drug bust nets 37 in US in 'global ring' investigation

Police say drugs seized were worth over $1.2m. 37 people are charged as a result of investigation

US authorities have seized nearly 13 kilograms of suspected heroin and arrested at least 37 people in four states as part of a massive joint investigation targeting an international smuggling ring that smuggled cocaine and heroin to New York, California and Texas.

The Drug Enforcement Administration released a detailed summary of the investigation Thursday.

Some of the people arrested face charges for conspiring to distribute illegal drugs.

The DEA said the suspects were charged as a result of its investigation in New York, California, Texas and Virginia.

Authorities had announced their arrest warrants as a crackdown on the smuggling ring last week.

In New York state, eight people were arrested in Rochester. California authorities have charged four people, including a woman who allegedly flew from Rome to Orlando, Florida, to pick up a kilogram of heroin.

In Texas, state authorities say three people were arrested in Houston and Fort Worth, among other cities. And Virginia authorities arrested a man in Brunswick.

Authorities said the suspects smuggled both cocaine and heroin. The narcotics were allegedly shipped through international mail.

The DEA says the sting was part of a global drug investigation launched in 2010. It resulted in an initial seizure of 37 pounds of cocaine in New York and a subsequent seizure of 659 pounds of heroin. That bust netted $13.8m in cash.

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