LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a high-ranking female member of a Mexican cartel has been charged in a cocaine conspiracy case in Arkansas.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that 57-year-old Idalia Ramos Rangel and more than a dozen others are charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
Officials say Ramos Rangel is a high-ranking member of the Gulf cartel, which runs an organization believed to be responsible for trafficking hundreds of pounds of cocaine in Arkansas.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Randall Coleman says that, through a son incarcerated in the federal prison system, Ramos Rangel recruited inmates in Texas and Arkansas to continue her drug-related activities in Arkansas.
Authorities on Tuesday arrested 10 people indicted in the case. Ramos Rangel remains at large and is believed to be in Mexico.
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