$3.5M worth of illegal drugs seized in Charlotte area, 18 arrested

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Millions of dollars in illegal drugs were taken off the streets during a months-long investigation that resulted in double-digit arrests, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police. 

The investigation conducted by the DEA Task Force yielded 18 arrests, most in Charlotte, and the seizure of 40 lbs of heroin, 20 pounds of meth, and more than 15 lbs of cocaine.

The drugs have a street value of $3.5 million. A firearm and $8,000 in cash were also recovered. 

Police said investigation began about one year ago, when the DEA began looking into the trafficking of illicit drugs by a cartel called Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion.  

"The success of this investigation is a testament to the dedicated, hard work of the CMPD and our partners," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said.