U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is, as always, missing in action again. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has arrested almost 50 aliens involved in drug smuggling from the La Familia Michoacana.
Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- Federal agents arrested 45 people in Georgia believed to be members of a top Mexican drug cartel and confiscated nearly $2.4 million in cash, authorities said Thursday.
The arrests were made by members of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Clayton County District Attorney's Office and other law enforcement agencies, the DEA said. The investigation, called Operation Choke Hold, started in May 2009.
The suspects are believed to be connected with La Familia Michoacana, which "was responsible for the importation of bulk quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana into the metro Atlanta area," the DEA said.
In addition to distributing narcotics in metro Atlanta, the drug-trafficking organization also shipped large quantities to Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina, the DEA said.
During the arrests, the DEA said in a release, authorities seized 46 pounds of methamphetamine, a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory, nearly 95 pounds (43 kilograms) of cocaine, 4,120 pounds of marijuana, 20 firearms and $2.349 million.
The La Familia Michoacana cartel is based in the state of Michoacan, in southwestern Mexico.
Tellingly the DEA's major partner in this investigation was the Clayton County's District Attorney's Office. ICE claims that criminal aliens are one of its priorities, but it appears that ICE was not doing anything about drug smuggling in Georgia, much less drug smuggling by aliens, much less drug smuggling by an alien organized crime organization.
One cannot help but conclude that alien drug smugglers are now part of the Obama Regime administrative amnesty for illegal aliens.