A huge year-long investigation in Charlotte, North Carolina concluded on Thursday, resulting in pounds of heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine being seized and 18 people arrested.

Officials say the drugs were sent to Charlotte by a Mexican cartel known as Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). Of those arrested during the investigation, several were found to be living in the country illegally.

“This cartel is one of the most deadly cartels in America, operating in America,” said DEA acting assistant special agent in charge Dustin Harmon.

The DEA and SBI teamed up with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to assist in the raid that resulted in the seizure of 40 pounds of heroin, 20 pounds of methamphetamine, and over 15 pounds of cocaine. Included in the seizure was a firearm and over $8,000 in cash.

Courtesy: NC SBI

Courtesy: NC SBI
Courtesy: NC SBI

“Those are the drugs causing overdose deaths, a lot of pain and suffering and misery in the community and we want to do everything we can to stop that.”

-Mecklenburg County Assistant DA Jeff Davis

The NC SBI Twitter account posted the following photos from the seizure on Thursday:

“The SBI assisted the DEA on a case involving 18 arrests where 40 lbs. of heroin, 20 lbs. of meth. & 7 kg of cocaine were recovered. That’s a $3.5 million street value. DEA Acting ASAC Harmon & SBI SAC Bridges talked with about the impact on .”

The year-long DEA Task Force investigation led authorities to other states connected in the trafficking of drugs into Charlotte that included states on the opposite coast and Mexico.

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