McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Thirteen people have made their initial appearances in federal court in McAllen, among 52 named in an indictment alleging a wide-ranging drug conspiracy.
Those who appeared in court Wednesday were all charged with conspiring to traffic drugs and launder money, as well as other individual counts. The indictment, which originated in Houston, was partially unsealed. The case is the result of a two-year investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Its targets include command structure, smuggling and distribution for a drug-trafficking organization that moved drugs from Mexico through Texas.
Arrests were made Tuesday in the Rio Grande Valley, Houston and border counties near Laredo. Some of those named were already in custody and others who remain on the loose are believed to be in Mexico.
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