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Authorities Break Up Area Drug Ring

(Grand Rapids, MI) - A few alleged LaPorte County drug dealers were rounded up in a multi-state police sweep.


On Wednesday morning, approximately 90 law enforcement officers from various departments swooped into action in a coordinated sting operation. They served six warrants in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.


According to the US Attorney's Office, 32-year-old Ivan Huerta Hernandez allegedly ran a large drug trafficking operation out of New Buffalo. Authorities say Hernandez was getting cocaine from Mexico via Chicago and distributing it locally.


Police picked up seven other suspected dealers, including 54-year-old Manuel Eudave of LaPorte, 36-year-old Juan Martinez Camarillo of Michigan City, and 41-year-old Santiago Cardenas, also of Michigan City.


Numerous agencies were involved in the operation, including the FBI, the US Postal Inspection Service, and the Sheriff's Department of Berrien County, Michigan. Authorities report seizing around 2 kilograms of suspected cocaine, just under $100,000 in cash, and two firearms in the bust.

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