U.S. Grand Jury Returns 7 Indictments Against 15 Alleged Members of Mexican Cartel

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Bruce Zagaris
On November 24, 2009, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Illinois announced the return of seven indictments on November 19, 2009, charging 15 defendants of alleged involvement with a Chicago cell of a Mexican drug trafficking organization, La Familia Michoacana. The cartel is based in the southwestern Mexico state of Michoacan. The arrests and charges initially happened in August. The indictments allege for the first time that the defendants were linked to the Chicago distribution cell of La Familia Michoacana. According to the indictment, the defendants and conspirators distributed thousands of kilograms of cocaine and collected tens of millions of dollars.