Police Raid Apartment Linked To Mexican Drug Cartel

UPDATED: Friday August 5, 2011 8:23 AM

 Police said on Thursday that a recent drug raid at a west side apartment complex netted them bricks of cocaine that were being prepared for distribution.

Whitehall police Sgt. Dan Kelso said that two kilograms of cocaine were seized in an apartment located in the 1100 block of Burlake Drive, 10TV's Glenn McEntrye reported.

"In this case, we got there right as they (were) cutting it up." Kelso said. "They were actually weighing it.  It (was) on the scales. They (were) in the process of packaging it."

Police seized cocaine, heroin, weapons and cash, McEntrye reported.

Authorities said that the drugs were supplied by Mexican cartels, to be sold on the streets of central Ohio.

"That's how the cartels are making their money," Kelso said. "They're sending it over here to us, and unfortunately, we're buying it."

He said the drug runners often operate in the midst of unassuming neighbors.

"They'll set up in places that you can't even imagine that's where they'd pick," Kelso said. "They'll rent houses in nice neighborhoods."

"The tentacles of an operation like this are so far-reaching," Kelso said.

Police said the amount of cocaine seized was valued at about $70,000, but once it's cut up, it could sell for twice the amount.

Police said that four of the five suspects were in the U.S. illegally.

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