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Police link Metro drug raid to violent Mexican cartel

Published: Nov. 21, 2012 at 2:58 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 28, 2012 at 2:58 PM EST
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Horacio D. Magana (Source: LMDC)
Horacio D. Magana (Source: LMDC)
Rauda Rangel-Maritzein (Source: LMDC)
Rauda Rangel-Maritzein (Source: LMDC)
Evelia Macias-Farias (Source: LMDC)
Evelia Macias-Farias (Source: LMDC)
Elias Vazquez-Garcia (Source: LMDC)
Elias Vazquez-Garcia (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Four people are under arrest on drug charges and over 2,400 pounds of marijuana are off the streets after an eight month investigation which police say was connected to a drug cartel in Mexico known for violence.

According to Dwight Mitchell, a Louisville Metro Police spokesperson, the arrests came after multiple search warrants were served early Wednesday at two Okolona homes – one in the 6300 block of Hackberry Way and a second in the 10100 block of Winding River Way.

Mitchell said the four arrested - Horacio D. Magana, 22, Maritzein R. Rangel, 20, Evelia Macias-Farias, 39, and Elias Vazquez-Garcia, 40 – are charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds and engaging in an organized criminal syndicate.

During a press conference Wednesday morning, police linked the four people charged to the violent Zeta drug cartel.

In addition to the marijuana seized, Mitchell said officers also confiscated approximately $1.06 million in cash.

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