18 suspects from Auburn & Opelika were among 26 suspected drug traffickers with ties to East Alabama who were arrested after an 18-month narcotics investigation conducted by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Eleven of 16 suspects from Auburn are facing federal charges. The remaining 5 from Auburn, along with 2 suspects from Opelika, will be prosecuted by the state. The investigation began after Auburn Police Division met with the Drug Enforcement Agency in Montgomery to discuss drug-related concerns in the community. The arrests were announced yesterday by A. Clark Morris, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. Thirteen of the 26 suspects were arrested on federal narcotics and money laundering charges. An additional 13 suspects were arrested on state narcotics charges. According to the 6-count federal indictment, the suspects conspired to possess with intent to distribute or did distribute a variety of drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and meth. In addition to the drug charges, the indictment alleges four of the defendants were involved in money laundering. Authorities say more arrests are expected.