US Attorney thanks Lowcountry cops for help in $1.4 million drug case

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's top federal prosecutor is thanking authorities for two years of work that he says led to the seizure of more than $1 million in drug money.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles in Charleston on Tuesday thanked members of the Charleston and Dorchester sheriff's departments, as well as police in North Charleston and Summerville, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Nettles says those agencies began an investigation about two years ago, when the DEA learned Mexican cartels were shipping cocaine from Arizona and Texas to South Carolina via a drug dealer near Charleston.

The DEA and Highway Patrol found $1.4 million in the fuel tank of a truck they stopped near Charleston in 2008. Nettles says 12 people have been convicted.

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