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Large drug investigation underway in Jackson County

Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 10:57 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 5:50 PM EST
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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) -

UPDATE: 01/13/21, 5:45 P.M.

Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger wanted “Operation Centennial Sweep” to be a focal point of his first term when being elected to the Sheriff’s Office.

He knew it would take many people of all law enforcement agencies in the immediate area, and around the state, to get this accomplished, and he applauded their dedication.

“When it comes time to executing this mission, it’s absolutely important and paramount, I cannot stress the level of importance, to get this thing off on the right foot quickly, and efficiently in order to do that you need massive man-power,” said Mellinger.

Mellinger said that even though they have been working since very early Wednesday, morning, they will not stop until, “the final handcuff is clicked.”

ORIGINAL STORY: 01/13/21, 11 A.M.

At 5 A.M. Wednesday morning, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department (JCSD) launched the largest drug investigation warrant sweep in the state’s history.

Operation Centennial Sweep includes 113 fresh warrants for various drug targets involving methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, prescription narcotics, and marijuana.

Officers from the JCSD, Ravenswood PD, Ripley PD, US Marshal, DEA, WV State Police, DNR, and others are working to meet the goal of 100 targets.

The effort is being spearheaded by the Jackson County Bureau of Investigations.

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