More indictments in alleged Mexico-Virginia drug trafficking ring

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors have indicted an additional 12 members of what they say is a large-scale cocaine trafficking ring that brought drugs from Mexico into Virginia.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil MacBride said that 41 individuals connected to this ring have already been convicted.

This cases announced Friday are part of a federal investigation titled "Operation Springfield Snow," which began in November 2008 targeting Virginia-based cells of a cocaine drug trafficking organization based in Mexico.

Among those indicted is the man prosecutors identify as the trafficking ring's regional leader, 27-year-old Gregorio Delgado-Salinas, of Alexandria, who was arrested earlier this year.

Delgado-Salinas pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Friday.