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Authorities crack down on drugs from Mexico

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TEXARKANA -

Authorities say a recent drug sweep across the methamphetamine trade was a multi-state effort against traffickers moving drugs from Mexico deep into the United States.  
    
Operation M-Pact was a massive crackdown on the remnants of a well-known drug cartel working along the I-30 corridor.
    
The two year state and federal investigation resulted in 50 arrests.
    
Dozens of them were in the Texarkana area.
    
Law enforcement also seized 23 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 3 pounds of cocaine, a large amount of marijuana, and 45 firearms.
    
U.S. Attorney John Bales say their strategic "multi-state" partnership helps them capture drug traffickers who try to use state borders as a shield.     
    
In this case, he says the defendants were responsible for trafficking and distributing drugs from Mexico into Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee.

"We're linked up all over the place in East Texas, all over the country really, to strike at the Mexican drug cartels," said Bales.

Cartels such as, La Familia, were formed in the 1980's.
    
They were disbanded in January 2011,  a month after Mexican authorities killed its leader Nazario "The Craziest One" Gonzalez.    
    
However, La Familia's supply lines remain intact.   

Operation M-Pact targeted people alleged to have formed new cells to continue smuggling drugs.

Most of it was methamphetamine, but also cocaine, from Michoacan, Mexico into Northeast Texas and beyond.

"The same cartels which have essentially declared war on the Mexican government and it's own people, they've murdered tens of thousands of Mexican citizens including many brave Mexican police officers," said Bales.  
    
At its height, authorities say La Familia was one of the largest suppliers of methamphetamine in the U.S. with a heavy presence in the Dallas area.
    
FBI special agent Diego Rodriguez say their combined efforts lead to the dismantlement of a destructive criminal enterprise.

Their mission is still on-going.

"It demonstrates law enforcements commitment to remove the elements that pose significant social and criminal threats to our communities," said Rodriguez.
    
Bales say the cartels create lab quality crystal methamphetamines and law enforcement is focused on rooting out the drugs not only in local communities, but crippling the operation down to it's source.

"We're not satisfied with what we found in Bowie County and Miller County, we want to get the folks in Michoacan if we could," said Bales. "They actually manufacture the meth."

Federal prosecutors say Operation M-Pact was a direct descendant of Operation Stateline Sweep, a drug trafficking investigation that took place in Southwest Arkansas in 2011.

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