DEA raids 4 Texas cities, bust major Mexican drug cartel suspects


By Brendan McKenna, Alfredo Corchado and Jason Trahan
The Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON, D.C. Federal drug agents swept through Dallas and three other Texas cities, arresting more than 30 people believed to be affiliated with the narcotics distribution network of the Gulf Cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful drug smuggling organizations.

Agents simultaneously executed 19 search warrants in Dallas, McAllen, Laredo and San Antonio starting about 6 a.m. Thursday as part of a 2 ½-year Drug Enforcement Administration investigation known as Operation Puma. The operation has captured more than 2,450 kilograms of cocaine, 33 metric tons of marijuana and $5.5 million, according to the agency.

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