ROSWELL, NM (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted 15 people on drug trafficking and firearm charges after federal, state and local law enforcement agencies wrapped up an investigation aimed at dismantling a criminal organization operating in southeastern New Mexico.
The Roswell Daily Record reportsthat authorities have arrested 12 people and three others are considered fugitives as the investigation concluded Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Justice says authorities seized more than 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and 44 firearms. The criminal organization planned to smuggle the guns into Mexico.
The investigation was launched by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force, and it expanded to include several other agencies.