Officials say 24 people have been arrested in connection with a drug ring operating in several south Texas cities.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the arrests on Friday. It said the 24 people are charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the cities of Crystal City, La Pryor, Carrizo Springs and San Antonio.
If convicted, some defendants face a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years. Others face up to 20 years in prison.
Federal officials said that from February to September, those in custody participated in the drug ring. Authorities said that during their investigation, they seized about one kilogram of cocaine, 660 pounds of marijuana, 15 firearms and about $33,000.