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Police: 97 charged, 80 arrested in city-wide Denver drug bust

CBS Denver captured video of officers Thursday morning during the bust. CBS Denver

(CBS/KCNC) DENVER - Police arrested 80 people in Denver Thursday in a city-wide drug bust that dismantled a massive cocaine ring involving local gang members and international cartel members operating in Los Angeles and Mexico, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Early Thursday morning, SWAT teams from local and federal police agencies invaded dozens of neighborhood homes in the Denver area, reports CBS Denver.

According to the station, police say of the 97 people charged, 80 were arrested Thursday and 17 remain at large.

"In addition to the 97 indicted, another 25 were previously arrested for their roles in violent bank takeover robberies from December 2009 to January 2011," FBI Special Agent in Charge James Yacone reportedly said.

Federal agents reportedly said those bank robberies resulted in gang and task force teams discovering the connections that led to the roundup, which was one of the largest in Colorado's history.

Sources close to the investigation say multiple branches of cocaine operators were taken down, reports CBS Denver. Police seized 26,000 grams of cocaine, 1,000 grams of crack, 1 pound of meth, $415,000 in cash, 11 weapons- including an assault rifle and handguns.

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