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16 indicted in cocaine conspiracy

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The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District announced earlier today that it has indicted 16 people on conspiracy charges, including Idalia Ramos Rangel, aka "Big Momma" or "La Tia," a "high-ranking member of the Gulf Cartel" who directed a drug operation out of Matamoros, Mexico, for distributing "hundreds of kilograms of cocaine" in Arkansas.

Also named in the indictment are Rangel's son Mohammed Kazam Rangel, who the indictment says recruited fellow inmates in a federal prison in Forrest City to distribute cocaine upon their release from prison. Those inmates included Emmanuel Ilo and Mervin Johnson, who dealt in Central Arkansas, the indictment says. Read the full indictment here and a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office here.

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