Three Clevelanders have been arrested as part of a multi-state drug investigation.
The three are among 17 people indicted for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking ring that brought cocaine into Cleveland from Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Drugs were transported after being strapped onto human couriers who traveled into the area by commercial bus and train.
The human drug couriers were paid $1,000 for each kilogram of cocaine they transported.
Besides the Cleveland area, individuals were located and indicted in Los Angeles, Palmdale, California, Desoto, Texas, and Henderson, Nevada.
The Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force handled the Ohio portion of the investigation. The task force is comprised of officers and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Drug Enforcement Agency, Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, Cleveland Division of Police, Cleveland Heights Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, Euclid Police Department, Regional Transit Authority Police Department, Strongsville Police Department, University Heights Police Department and Shaker Heights Police Department.