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Married couple arrested in Ohio narcotics investigation are both ‘major players’ tied to Mexican cartels

October 5, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Married couple arrested in Ohio narcotics investigation are both ‘major players’ tied to Mexican cartels

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Two “major players” in the drug trade in Indiana were taken into custody last week after a multi-year narcotics investigation.

Lucilma Santana, 50, and her husband, 53-year-old Miguel P. Santana, were arrested on charges of dealing meth in the Bartholomew County area.

Lucilma was arrested at a residence investigators with the Bartholomew County Joint Narcotics Enforcement Team (JNET).

At the same time, police from the Seymour Indiana SWAT team and the Santa Rosa County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at multiple locations in Florida, where Miguel was believed to have gone.

Miguel Santana (left) and his wife Lucilma Santana (right)

Miguel was not in Florida but was taken into custody on Friday afternoon in Texas when Houston Police officers pulled him over or a minor traffic violation and discovered he was wanted on multiple warrants in Indiana.

A statement from JNET indicated that the narcotics investigation revealed the couple worked as a conduit between drug cartels in Mexico and local dealers in the Columbus and Bartholomew County areas. Authorities said the couple is alleged to have ties with two large-profile drug busts last year in Columbus.

Authorities also linked Santana with two high-profile drug busts last year in Columbus, Fox59 reported.

Overall, investigators said they have apprehended approximately a dozen associates of the Santanas, seized over 30 pounds of meth and more than $300,000 in cash over the last 18 months.

Lucilma was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail on a felony charge of dealing meth. Miguel was being held in Houston on four warrants for dealing meth while awaiting extradition to Indiana.

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