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Saturday July 4th, 2015 1:10AM

17 indicted in metro Atlanta, N. Ga drug ring

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) Federal prosecutors say 17 members of a Mexico-based drug ring, including some with north Georgia addresses, have been indicted on drug distribution and conspiracy charges. <br /> <br /> Authorities said Thursday that the suspects were distributing methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine in Georgia and Florida. <br /> <br /> Prosecutors say a Mexico-based drug dealer conspired with his brother and his associates to import large amounts of drugs into the metro Atlanta area. Prosecutors say the suspects used passenger buses to smuggle the drugs into the area. <br /> <br /> Twelve suspects in the case have been arrested, while five remain at large including Reynaldo Maldonado-Guipes, 56, who was living in Cumming and Miguel Salinas, 22, who had a Lawrenceville address.<br /> <br /> Authorities say 644 pounds of meth, 37 kilograms of heroin, 27 kilograms of cocaine and $680,000 in drug proceeds were seized from suspects in the drug distribution ring. <br /> <br /> <i>WDUN's B.J. Williams contributed to this story.</i>
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