CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A major multi-state drug trafficking organization was taken down earlier this morning with the arrests of several drug traffickers operating between Charleston, WV, and Akron, Ohio.
The arrests on Monday, November 5th, 2018, were a result of a long-term investigation which seized more than 600 grams of fentanyl, 1400 grams of heroin, more than 700 grams of methamphetamine, more than $12,000, and eight guns.
The number of drugs seized would have been enough to kill nearly 300,000 people.
U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart says they will no longer tolerate this.
“The days of lawlessness on the west side is over. Be clear, the days of lawlessness and drug dealers on the west side of Charleston is over. One final point., for those who haven’t been picked up today who are dealing drugs and causing pain on the west side, if you think we missed you. you might want to be looking over your shoulder over the next few weeks and the next few months. We have more ongoing operations now on the west side in history. You may not have been picked up today, but you will not evade prosecution. If we find you and if we convict you, we will send you away to prison and long as we possibly can,” said U.S. Attorney Stuart.
The investigation is still on-going and law enforcement, along with state partners, say they will continue to work to drugs off the streets.