Drug arrests blocked drug cartel, Philadelphia district attorney says

    Five drug arrests last week proved to be important ones for Philadelphia, as the Associated Press reports.

    Authorities in Philadelphia say they have shut down a drug pipeline between a Mexican cartel and Philadelphia with the arrests of those suspects.

    District Attorney Seth Williams said Thursday last week’s arrests in Philadelphia and El Paso, Texas, have struck a serious blow to the Sinaloa Cartel’s efforts to establish a distribution center here.

    Three of the arrests were made Sept. 8, but authorities refused to release the names of the suspects, citing an ongoing investigation and concerns about retaliation. The suspects are charged with drug and conspiracy counts.

    Prosecutors say they seized about 10 kilos of cocaine, which they believe was an initial shipment. The group allegedly had planned to have hundreds of kilos shipped through Philadelphia.

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