POLICE TARGET DRUG RINGS IN WYOMING, MONTANA AND SOUTH DAKOTA

(AP) - Forty-seven people have been indicted on federal charges in connection with a drug-trafficking ring that distributed drugs in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota.

As of Friday morning, 35 of the suspects had been arrested. Authorities were searching for the others. Authorities say the ring smuggled methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana from California, Washington and Oregon into Gillette in northeast Wyoming and redistributed the drugs across the region.

The leaders of the drug ring are believed to be Mexican drug traffickers. Authorities say the investigation began in early 2008 in Gillette.

Besides drugs, many of the suspects are accused of hauling stolen four-wheelers and trailers from Oregon to Gillette. Authorities say several also are charged with bringing illegal immigrants into Campbell County.

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