Drug, illegal money suspects nabbed in Dallas area, Laredo

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - At least 17 people have been arrested in a federal investigation into drugs and money laundering in Laredo and the Dallas area.

An indictment was returned Feb. 3 in Laredo and partly unsealed Wednesday as suspects were arrested.

Prosecutors say the case involves drug trafficking and money laundering from mid-2011 through June 2013. The suspects are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, plus conspiracy to launder drug proceeds.

The men and women are from Grand Prairie, Cedar Hill, Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Authorities say drugs from Mexico were moved in South Texas, then transported to the Dallas area for sale. The cash was returned to Laredo and Mexico.

Prosecutors expect more arrests.

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