PREVIEW: A look at the Mexican drug cartel pipeline into Kentuck - WDRB 41 Louisville News

PREVIEW: A look at the Mexican drug cartel pipeline into Kentucky - Part II

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Mexican drug cartels have local connections that are funneling narcotics into the Louisville area.

WDRB's Valerie Chinn traveled to California to connect the dots on the drug pipeline.

A WDRB investigation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reveals how Mexican drug cartels are working in Louisville.

"There is a tremendous amount of intel," said Riverside DEA Asst. Special Agent in Charge Frank Pepper. "There is a tremendous amount of hard work by our agents."

Federal prosecutors say a former Bullitt County special deputy is a major drug trafficker, with cartel connections. Now, we're learning more about people who investigators say are working with Chris Mattingly, even though he's behind bars.

"Does it ever surprise you when you see the people who are arrested?" asked WDRB's Valerie Chinn. "They don't have a record, this is their first offense and it's something huge like this?"

"No, it's not so surprising," said Tim Massino, of the Los Angeles DEA. "Oftentimes individuals with clean records will be employed by the cartel."

WDRB went to the heart of the drug operation to investigate how authorities caught up with the local men.

Part II of our special investigative report airs tonight (Tuesday) during our 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

WHAT: A look at the Mexican Drug Cartel Pipeline into Kentucky (Part II)
HOSTED BY: WDRB Reporter Valerie Chinn
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 9
NEWSCASTS: 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Click HERE to see Part I of the investigation.

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