11 indicted in meth distribution conspiracy

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors in Portland say 11 people from the Portland metropolitan area and southwest Washington have been charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

A one-count federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses the defendants of using cell phones to help distribute the drug.

The U.S. attorney's office says a multi-year investigation captured communications between the defendants and supply sources in Mexico.

Prosecutors say federal agents, Portland area police agencies and the Clark Skamania Drug Task Force executed 14 search and arrest warrants Tuesday and Wednesday. They recovered about 15 pounds of drugs, as well as more than 20 firearms and large sums of cash.