Two Suspected Cartel Members Arrested in Alpine

ALPINE - Six people have been arrested in West Texas as part of a nationwide crackdown on members and associates of the La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.

46-year-old Marco Medina-Espinoza of Denver, Colorado was arrested Tuesday in Alpine. 34-year-old Ruth Sanchez of Presidio was arrested Wednesday in Alpine as well. Both are facing federal drug charges after being indicted.

Four other people were arrested on drug charges in El Paso as part of the same operation.

Officials called the operation Project Delirium. It was the result of information gathered during the course of a previous law enforcement effort targeting the La Familia cartel.

To date, Project Delirium has led to the arrest of 1,985 individuals, the seizure of approximately $62 million, approximately 2,773 pounds of methamphetamine, 2,722 kilograms of cocaine, 1,005 pounds of heroin, 14,818 pounds of marijuana and $3.8 million in other assets.

Numerous federal agencies were part of the effort.