According to an eight-count indictment issued by U.S. attorneys on Oct. 17, 24 people in Texas were taken into police custody on drug charges after an ongoing investigation involving the Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security Investigations and local law enforcement. Authorities allege that the people detained were involved in an ongoing operation from February to September that distributed cocaine throughout San Antonio, Carrizo Springs, La Pryor and Crystal City. Among those involved is a 35-year-old San Antonio man alleged to be the ringleader of the illegal operation.
Law enforcement reportedly seized three vehicles, $33,000 in cash, 660 pounds of marijuana and one kilogram of cocaine in the investigation. Officers also recovered 15 guns, including a MAC-10 semi-auto pistol and 10 AK-47s. Several individuals face charges that include conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The potential sentencing for a conviction includes up to 20 years federal imprisonment or between five and 40 years of incarceration. Aside from the drug offenses, many of the people detained have also been charged for knowingly transporting undocumented immigrants.