WASHINGTON. More than 400 people accused of having ties to trafficking for Mexican drug cartels were arrested in 16 U.S. states on Wednesday, authorities said on Thursday.

 

The suspects were charged with various offenses, including conspiracy and distribution of illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines.

 

The sweep is the latest effort by Mexico and the Obama administration to try to clamp down on drug trafficking along the border.