Thirty-three Norteno street gang members in Utah are facing federal charges for allegedly working closely with a Mexican drug cartel to distribute mass amounts of heroin and methamphetamine in the Salt Lake City area.
“This one is a big deal,” U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber said while announcing a federal complaint had been filed against the group on Feb. 7, and was unsealed Wednesday.
A complaint is equivalent to a placeholder, Huber said, with a formal indictment to follow, charging the 33 people with conspiracy to distribute meth and conspiracy to distribute heroin.
The charges are the culmination of an investigation that began in June 2018. But local law enforcers say they have been dealing with some of the individuals named in the complaint — particularly the two leaders of the group — for more than 20 years.
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