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Feds: Network of meth traffickers dismantled

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are touting what they claim is the dismantling of a network of crystal methamphetamine traffickers in northwest Iowa.

According to US. Attorney Matt Dummermuth, 21 defendants have been convicted and sentenced to federal prison or probation as a result of an investigation that began in February 2007. Authorities say the investigation involved a variety of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Dummermuth said in a statement Thursday, the coordinated investigation had a significant impact on the meth trafficking problem in northwest Iowa.

Authorities say the center of the meth network were Storm Lake, Spencer and Dow City. They say distributors received the drug from a Mexican source in Omaha, Nebraska.

As part of the investigation, authorities seized over six pounds of crystal meth, $250,000 in cash and several vehicles.

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