Mexico drugs cartel suspects arrested in Atlanta area

Map The cell is believed to have smuggled drugs from Michoacan to Atlanta

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Police in the United States have arrested 45 people they accuse of belonging to the Mexican drug cartel La Familia Michoacana.

Agents also seized cash, guns and drugs as part of their operation against the cell, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Police said the city had become a major drug distribution centre, from where drugs were being shipped to neighbouring states.

But they said the arrests would disrupt the cartel's operation in Atlanta.

Justice officials said those arrested would be charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs, money laundering and possession of firearms, among other things.

The agents said they seized 23kg (50lb) of methamphetamine, 43kg of cocaine and more than 2,000kg of marijuana, amounting to a street value of $10m (£6.14m).

Senior agent in the US Drug Enforcement Administration John Comer warned that while the operation to dismantle this particular cell had been successful, it was just one of many operating in the Atlanta area.

"Mexican cartels such as La Familia Michoacana have collectively become the most powerful drug trafficking organisations in the world, and have an impact on the United States," he said.

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