26 defendants indicted in Kansas City drug-smuggling case

Saturday, June 13, 2009 | 3:18 p.m. CDT; updated 4:38 p.m. CDT, Saturday, June 13, 2009

KANSAS CITY — Twenty-six defendants have been indicted in what federal prosecutors are describing as one of the largest cocaine trafficking rings in the Kansas City area.

Acting U.S. Attorney Matt J. Whitworth said in a news release Friday that the defendants are indicted in two separate but related cases.

Grand jurors in Jefferson City returned both indictments under seal Thursday. They were unsealed and made public Friday after the arrests and initial court appearances of several suspects in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

The release says a multi-agency investigation called Operation Blockbuster uncovered evidence of a drug-trafficking organization that was smuggling millions of dollars worth of cocaine from Mexico to distribute in Kansas City.


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