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12 Indicted for Drug Trafficking Across Shenandoah Valley

26 March 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


A federal grand jury sitting in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg has indicted 12 members of Jalisco New Generation Cartel, also known as the CJNG.

The CJNG is a Mexican-based criminal organization considered by the Department of Justice to be one of the five most dangerous transnational organizations in the world. United States Attorney Thomas Cullen said yesterday (3/25/2019) that “its members and associates are actively operating in the Shenandoah Valley and Southside Virginia.”

As part of this alleged conspiracy, CJNG members recruited individuals from Mexico to reside in Axton and Winchester to facilitate the distribution of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. The investigation of this case was coordinated between several agencies, including the DEA, FBI, and the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force. The dozen who were indicted Monday, March 25, all face counts of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, among other charges.

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