By Holly Ramer, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Prosecutors say four suspected members of a major Mexican drug smuggling and distribution ring will be prosecuted in New Hampshire, in part to symbolize law enforcement’s wide-ranging efforts to dismantle the operation.

Four men suspected of belonging to the Sinaloa cartel, including a cousin of the group’s leader, were arrested last month in Madrid by Spanish police working with the FBI’s Boston division.

Authorities said the arrests following a three-year investigation halted the cartel’s attempt to establish a European distribution route.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas says the men had at least one meeting in New Hampshire, which is why they are charged there with conspiracy to distribute drugs.

He said prosecuting the men in New Hampshire also highlights the commitment by law enforcement at all levels to stop drug trafficking.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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