CMPD: Several Members Of Mexican Cartel Arrested In Charlotte Drug Bust

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than a dozen people who are allegedly part of a Mexican cartel have been arrested and millions of dollars in illegal drugs were seized during an investigation.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department partnered with several federal, state and local enforcement agencies to stop the trafficking of illicit drugs by a cartel called Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, according to a news release.

The DEA reportedly began working with CMPD, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office to gather additional intelligence and evidence.

As a result of the investigation, authorities say 18 arrests were made in Charlotte, North Carolina and California.  Additionally, 40 pounds of heroin, 20 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 15 pounds of cocaine were recovered for a combined total street value of approximately $3.5 million, according to a news release.

Authorities say they also recovered a handgun and $8,000 in cash.