Authorities have arrested eight men who they say were involved in a Mexican drug-trafficking organization that did its business out of a South Omaha restaurant.

In addition to the arrests, which occurred Friday, authorities also found three weapons, $55,000 in cash, 6 kilograms of cocaine, 6 pounds of methamphetamine and four vehicles, officials said in a press release Wednesday.

At least seven of the men have been charged with drug charges, including a manager of the El Catrin Restaurant at 6500 Railroad Ave., where authorities say the group sold drugs for more than a decade. Four others had previously been arrested, including three in May, officials said. 

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The Mexican restaurant may be forfeited upon conviction, according to federal court documents.

A woman who answered a phone at the business Wednesday afternoon said a manager was not available to talk. She said the restaurant is operating as normal.

Officials arrested the men and found the drugs and other items at the restaurant and other locations. Four others had previously been arrested in connection with the case.

Twelve local, state and federal agencies contributed to the yearlong investigation that led to the sweep.

Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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