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Nine charged with running meth from Mexico to North Texas

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Nine people were indicted on drug trafficking and money laundering charges in North Texas on Wednesday.

Lucino Abonza-Rios, also known as “Cocho,” Elizabeth Avila-Bennitez, Miguel Angel Etchechury, Antonio Montes, Neftali Abonza, Ruben Abonza, Luis Arreguin, also known as “Gordo,” Cynthia Ortega and Jose Alberto Hinojosa were charged in district court.

One or more of those who were charged would acquire methamphetamine from Mexico and transport it to North Texas and Florida, according to charging documents.

Once the drugs were sold, the money would be wired to multiple bank accounts and banks to avoid detection, according to authorities. Avila-Bennitez received the money on behalf of Abonza-Rios.

The remainder of the drug proceeds would be taken to Dallas by drug “runners,” court documents say.

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