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March 08, 2006
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Dozens in Okla. and Texas arrested on meth, other drug charges

The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY- A 10-month investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Oklahoma and northern Texas led to the indictment of 103 people, federal authorities said Tuesday.

As of midday, authorities had arrested at least 53 of the defendants, and some of the others were already behind bars on other charges.

Among those arrested were the leaders of a group established in the region by the Chicago street gang Satan's Disciples, said U.S. Attorney Sheldon Sperling.

The investigation, dubbed Operation 700 Ranch Round-Up, began in May when authorities learned meth was being supplied in Oklahoma by traffickers in Texas.

Investigators seized more than 15 pounds of meth, along with crack, marijuana, about $161,000 and 49 weapons.

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