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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Federal authorities said 18 people are charged with participating in a three-state drug ring in the Southwest.

Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico and the Drug Enforcement Administration said the ring is accused of obtaining methamphetamine from Arizona and Texas and distributing them in southern New Mexico this year.

The 43-count indictment was issued under seal on Oct. 16. It was unsealed Wednesday after arrests of 12 defendants, including two already in custody in unrelated state charges.

Six of those charged remain at large.

Associated Press,

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