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Several Sumter County residents are accused of being members of a drug trafficking organization with ties to Mexico, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The 20 defendants, including 15 from Sumter County, were named in an indictment accused of participating in a conspiracy to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine throughout Central Florida.

Each person faces several drug trafficking charges that carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison to a maximum of life in prison for each count, according to charging documents.

Methamphetamine (drug) Of the group, twelve are not U.S. citizens and have “significant ties” to Mexico, documents stated. The U.S. Attorney’s office did not provide details on the nature of those connections.

Officials said the meth came from Mexico and was being trafficked through Texas to Georgia. Couriers then distributed the drugs between Atlanta and Central Florida where other members of the organization took charge of the cargo.

Five of the accused have arrest records in Lake and Sumter counties.

Investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement assisted in the case.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-mexico-drug-trafficking-charges-20110728,0,890880.story

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