'Violent' drug trafficking ring busted in St. Louis area; 36+ ar - KMOV.com

'Violent' drug trafficking ring busted in St. Louis area; 36+ arrested

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A significant drug bust in the St. Louis are has resulted in 36 arrests and nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine being taken off the streets.

The 36-month investigation included federal agents, along with officers from St. Charles, St. Louis, Jefferson and St. Francois counties, as well as St. Louis City. 

Special agent in Charge James Shroba called the ring a "violent drug trafficking and money laundering network." Federal authorities say that while 36 people have been arrested - more arrests may come soon. 

In total, 190 pounds of meth was seized, along with a kilo of heroin. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be $3 million.  More than a million dollars in cash and 16 weapons were also seized.

The meth is believed to have come from "super labs" in Mexico. Arrested were Tuesday morning in south St. Louis, Valley Park and Caseyville, Illinois.

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