Major Drug Bust Leads to 10 Arrests in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE - Drug agents from across the United States cast their net wide and picked up ten members of an alleged marijuana ring here in Milwaukee.

The arrests are part of a national crackdown federal authorities call "Project Deliverance". It dealt a major blow to drug traffickers here in the U.S. and Mexico.

A news conference was held in Washington D.C. this morning. Michele M. Leonhart of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said: "I would also like to commend our law enforcement colleagues in Mexico for their extraordinary collaboration with us which included the recent arrest of (drug) kingpin Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha, a major Mexican heroin trafficker."

Besides the ten people arrested locally, Milwaukee law enforcement officials also seized five vehicles, nearly 15 pounds of marijuana, six firearms --- including two assault rifles and a submachine gun --- and about $5,000 in cash.

The criminal complaint alleges all of the accused in this case distributed over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from November 2008 until June 9, 2010.

The drugs allegedly came from a source in Mexico. Attorney General Eric Holder praised law enforcement in that country.

Holder said: "The efforts that are made south in Mexico help us here in the United States. We think what we have done today in regard to dismantling the transportation capabilities of the cartels in the United States will help Mexico as well."

If convicted, the ten people arrested face a minimum of 10 years in prison, and a fine of up to four million dollars.