Authorities announce the Mid-South's largest drug bust of the year

Federal authorities announced details Thursday on what they called the largest drug bust of the year in the Mid-South.  An unsealed indictment listed a number of defendants, including four members of one family, all part of what the federal government called a significant Memphis cocaine ring.

Authorities said 13 arrests have been made so far, along with the seizure of 43 kilos of cocaine, with a street value of more than $860,000.  $200,000 in cash was recovered, along with five luxury vehicles.

U.S. Attorney David Kustoff said at a press conference that the operation included a search of 10 locations in Memphis and West Memphis where drugs were sold and stored. "Without a doubt, cocaine is the most serious drug problem in Memphis and Shelby County, and we're committed to other operations of this kind to combat the threat of drugs in our community," he said.

The largest stash in the bust was found in a house on Meadowview Road in South Memphis.  Authorities said dozens of kilos of cocaine were found in a hallway closet, ready for distribution.

"Today's case is another example of the flow of drugs from Texas to Memphis," Kustoff said, "and the flow of money from these drugs back to Texas, and ultimately to Mexico."

Earlier this month the federal government conducted a coast-to-coast drug raid named "operation Black Gold Rush."  It broke up a Mexico based heroin operation that had infiltrated more than a dozen U.S. Cities, including Memphis.