Local and federal authorities say they’ve busted an international drug ring in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. Omaha police and agents with the DEA spent 18 months assembling the case and in recent days, arrested 20 people they say are associated with the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.

The ring was apparently funneling large amounts of methamphetamine through California to customers in both Iowa and Nebraska. Most of the suspects face charges of conspiracy to distribute meth, which, if convicted, could bring 20-year prison terms. Besides the arrests, authorities seized more than 12 pounds of meth and $35,000 in cash.