Authorities: Mexico-to-Oregon drug ring netted millions

The case involves 41 defendants, including the top two leaders who remain at large.

Posted: Oct 2, 2019 4:12 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Federal authorities in Oregon have announced one of the largest drug trafficking busts in state history.

At a news conference Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Billy Williams said 20 arrests made earlier in the day disrupted a ring that brought $15 million dollars' worth of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine to Portland from Mexico.

The case involves 41 defendants, including the top two leaders who remain at large.

Ten people were already in custody.

Authorities say operatives around Portland were filling orders for more than 75 pounds of meth and 55 pounds of heroin a week with Mexican drugs.

Court documents say the operation also involved money laundering that operated out of a suburban Mexican mini-mart.

Couriers brought drug proceeds to the mini-mart to be wired in small amounts back to Mexico.

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