Drug Bust

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. drug bust nets alleged Mexican cartel leader

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Narcotics agents in Oklahoma say a high-ranking member of a Mexican drug cartel has been arrested in a sting operation.

Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics spokesman Mark Woodward says it appears the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel have moved from Arizona to Oklahoma because of Arizona's new immigration law. He says 18 people were arrested Tuesday during raids in Elk City, Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Norman, Yukon, Mustang, and Tulsa.

No names have been released. Woodward says they face a variety of charges that include conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine.

Woodward says the investigation began before the first of the year and included the OBN, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Oklahoma's District 2 Drug Task Force.

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