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4:56 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Two More In Custody In Arkansas Drug Case Tied To Cartel

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer announces arrests of drug cartel members at a press conference Tuesday.
Credit Maggie Carroll/KUAR

Federal prosecutors in Arkansas say two more men are in custody after they were indicted in a cocaine conspiracy case linked to a Mexican drug cartel.

Spokeswoman Cherith Beck for the U.S. Attorney's office in the Eastern District of Arkansas says U.S.

Marshals arrested Mervin Johnson in Little Rock on Wednesday. Beck says Dwatney Noid turned himself in on Wednesday, the day after an indictment charging them and 14 others was unsealed.

Three of the people indicted in the case remain at large, including Idalia Ramos Rangel, who prosecutors say is a high-ranking member of the Gulf cartel.

Prosecutors say Ramos Rangel's son recruited federal inmates in Arkansas to distribute the organization's cocaine after they got out of prison. Ramos Rangel is believed to be in Mexico.