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45 Members of 'La Familia Michoacana' Arrested in Atlanta Bust

LA FAMILIA MICHOACANA / 12 NOV 2010 BY GEOFFREY RAMSEY EN

In a dramatic police crackdown last Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia, US officials arrested 45 people suspected of distributing drugs for the Familia Michoacana crime syndicate, BBC News reports.

In addition to the arrests, federal and local law enforcement agents seized $2.3 million in cash, 20 guns and more than two tons of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.  According to a 2008 report, the National Drug Intelligence Center listed Atlanta as a “major distribution center for Mexican drug trafficking organizations,” especially for the South and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Thus, even though this comes as a major blow to this particular cell, it is just one of many operating in the Atlanta area, and drug-related crime will likely be unaffected by the bust.

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