Mexican restaurant, food trucks were the ‘hub’ of the cartel’s drug trade, AG says

GREENVILLE, South Carolina (WHNS/Gray News) — According to the state attorney general, a South Carolina Mexican restaurant was using its brick-and-mortar business and food trucks to traffic drugs.

In a press release from the attorney general’s office, officials said a total of 124 charges had been brought against 34 suspects linked to Mexican cartels in the case involving the Los Primos restaurant in Greenville.

According to the attorney general, the restaurant owners trafficked drugs outside of the business, including methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. Officials said the Los Primos restaurant served as a regional hub through which drugs were smuggled to other states.

Los Primos Mexican restaurant on West Parker Road was trafficking drugs for cartels, according to the South Carolina attorney general.(FOX Carolina News)

Investigators seized 11 kilograms of methamphetamine, 584 grams of cocaine, more than 20 firearms and $63,000 in cash during the investigation. They believe that more than 1,000 kilograms of methamphetamine, 100 kilograms of cocaine and 2 kilograms of heroin were trafficked through South Carolina by the operation.

Information gathered from the investigation in South Carolina led authorities to seize more drugs from apartments and hideouts in Georgia. The arrest led authorities to seize approximately 200 pounds of methamphetamine, 3.5 pounds of cocaine, 3.2 pounds of heroin, 5 ounces of cocaine mixed with fentanyl, 183 pounds of marijuana and 900 Xanax tablets.

A significant portion of the drugs found in Georgia were believed to be transported to South Carolina.

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