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DEA smashes Mexican drug pipeline to Midlands

Feb 2, 2011 5:44:00 PM - thestate.com
A major multi-million dollar Mexican pipeline that furnished cocaine and marijuana to hundreds, if not thousands, of marijuana and cocaine users in the Midlands has been dealt a blow by the DEA.

More than 8,000 pounds of marijuana “and an unknown quantity of cocaine” valued at more than $7 million have been trucked into the Midlands by the alleged conspiracy in the last year, according to a DEA complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Columbia.

Six people now face federal drug charges in the case and some will be arraigned in federal court in Columbia Thursday (Feb. 3) morning before U.S. Magistrate Joseph McCrorey. They are charged with conspiring to distribute 1,000 kilograms or more of marijuana, according to federal documents.

Approximately 3,000 pounds of marijuana was seized during and after their arrests, according to the complaint.

The four were arrested following an intensive surveillance and stake-out operation using the latest in hidden cameras and eaves-dropping equipment in and around a warehouse on McLeod Road in Columbia. In addition, the DEA also intercepted conversations after “bugging” a room in a warehouse at 175 Foster Brothers Drive in West Columbia.

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