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Chicago Feds Indict Mexican Drug Cartel Leaders

August 20, 2009  | 


Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced federal indictments against 36 Mexican cartel members. Photo via U.S. Dept. of Justice (Wikimedia).

Calling it the most significant narcotics conspiracy case of its kind ever in Chicago, authorities today announced indictments against leaders of warring Mexican drug cartels blamed for increasing violence south of the border and for bringing up to four tons of cocaine to the city each month for national distribution.

Authorities said 36 individuals, including three cartel leaders, were charged in eight indictments unsealed in Chicago, and additional defendants are expected to be indicted in New York. The three most significant defendants in the cases are leaders of two feuding cartels, authorities said.

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