- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say they’ve charged five people with running a cross-country drug operation that transported large amounts of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl from California to western New York.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul (HOH’-kuhl) Jr. announced Thursday in Buffalo that a federal grand jury has indicted a man from Brea, California, and four people from the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area on drug-related charges.

Officials say the investigation resulted in the seizure of 40 kilograms of cocaine, 17 kilos of heroin and eight kilos of fentanyl during three separate busts in Buffalo, Nebraska and California since early 2014. Prosecutors say the seized fentanyl represents one of the largest seizures of the drug ever in the U.S.

Law enforcement officials say they also tracked $13 million in cash that flowed from a Buffalo-area bank to California.

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