Law enforcement officers say they broke up what they described as a large-scale drug-trafficking organization in Cowley County on Wednesday by executing "multiple arrest and search warrants" in and around Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Police Chief Sean Wallace said in a news release that the arrests were the result of a three-year investigation involving 14 agencies.
The suspects were charged with importing and distributing narcotics in Cowley County, he said.
A news conference has been scheduled for today to discuss details of the investigation.
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Among the agencies participating in the case were the Arkansas City Police Department, the Winfield Police Department, the Cowley County Sheriff's Office, the Cowley County Drug Task Force, the Kansas Attorney General's Office, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
K-9 units from the Wichita Police Department and Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office assisted in what was described as an ongoing investigation.