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Oct 20, 2010 6:58 PM by Greg Boyce

DEA arrests 29 in investigation that started in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration says officers arrested 29 people and seized $1.4 million in Colorado Springs from an operation accused of smuggling drugs from Mexico.

Federal officials say the arrests are part of a nationwide investigation dubbed "Project Deliverance," which targets U.S.-based cells suspected of smuggling drugs across the Mexican border.

The project has led to 2,266 arrests, including that of Carlos Ramon Castro-Rocha, accused of running a major smuggling operation from Mexico. He is being held in Mexico City pending extradition. Federal officials announced the Colorado arrests Wednesday. Ffederal agents also seized 30 pounds of methamphetamine, 13 pounds of cocaine and nearly 4 pounds of heroin.

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