- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say 104 people have been charged with violating federal firearms and drug trafficking after a four-month, multi-agency investigation that aimed to curb high violent crime rates in the Albuquerque area.

The investigation also led to the arrests of four people on state charges, with two of the defendants accused in separate in killings that happened in May and June.

Authorities say 94 of the 104 suspects in the federal firearms and drug cases have been arrested. Ten are considered fugitives.

The defendants in federal court are accused of crimes ranging from distributing meth and heroin to being felons in possession of firearms.

The investigation was led by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and involved more than a half-dozen other law enforcement agencies, including the Albuquerque Police Department and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.

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