A ring of alleged Mexican drug dealers who stashed their drugs in three locations and then used an Aurora market to parcel out the drugs were arrested today in Colorado and California.

A DEA-led strike force arrested nine people on various drug related charges after a one-year investigation into the inner workings of a Mexican drug trafficking organization that allegedly brought drugs into the country through California to Colorado, acting U.S. Attorney Robert Troyer announced today.

One alleged ring member was already in custody and seven members of the alleged ring remain fugitives.

A federal grand jury in Denver earlier returned an indictment charging 17 defendants for illegal drug trafficking. The indictment contains a total of 45 counts, including an asset forfeiture allegation.

Read more at the Denver Business Journal.