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7 Chicago men charged with trafficking cocaine

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Seven men are facing federal drug charges in connection with cocaine trafficking on the Southwest Side, the FBI announced Wednesday.

The suspects, six from Chicago and one from northwest Indiana were arrested around the city early Tuesday, a statement from the agency said.

Those charged are: Abel Acosta, 38, distribution of cocaine; Victor Arredondo, 30, conspiracy to distribute cocaine; Jose Brizuela, 38, distribution of cocaine; Miguel Chavez, 36, distribution of cocaine; Leonel Monarrez, 34, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute; Jaime Navar, 30, distribution of cocaine; and Horacio Ramirez, 22, conspiracy to distribute.

All the defendants are from Chicago, except Brizuela, who is from Hammond, Ind. On Tuesday, all were ordered held in custody pending court appearances this week.

The investgation started in 2011 and resulted in numerous earlier arrests in September 2012, the FBI said.

The suspects face maximum penalties of 20 to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force as part of an effort to identify and dismantle drug trafficking organization in Chicago, according to the FBI.

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