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New DEA enforcement team coming to Cleveland will target Mexican cartel

Posted at 7:07 PM, Oct 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 10:36:53-04

There will be more DEA agents on the streets of Northeast Ohio. 

Six new enforcement teams are being established to focus on slowing the flow of heroin and illicit fentanyl.

The enforcement teams will be based in communities dealing with significant challenges. That list includes two Ohio cities — Cleveland and Cincinnati — as well as New Bedford, Mass; Charleston, WV; Raleigh, NC; and Long Island, New York. 

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Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Cleveland Office, Keith Martin, said the focus will be high-level drug traffickers. 

"It's the Mexican cartel bringing in large quantities of heroin, fentanyl and mixing them on a street level," said Martin.