More than 50 NC residents arrested in drug bust

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Associated Press

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 11 at 7:45 AM

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say they arrested more than 50 North Carolina residents as part of drug raids that netted hundreds of arrests across the country.

The Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday those arrested in October and November were part of the Mexico-based La Familia Michoacana drug organization.

Officials say La Familia is responsible for the distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine into central and eastern North Carolina.

Federal drug raids in October netted more than 300 suspects across the country. Law enforcement officials say "Project Coronado" is the largest single strike at a Mexican drug cartel in the United States.

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