17 indicted in federal takedown of drug ring with West Virginia ties

Published: Sep. 19, 2019 at 11:56 AM EDT
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Federal authorities have charged 17 people with distributing methamphetamine and heroin in shipments from California to West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced the indictments in a statement on Wednesday.

The investigation involved packages containing meth that were being shipped from the San Diego area to southern West Virginia through the U.S. Postal system and other carriers.

Stuart said more than 200 law-enforcement officers were involved in the investigation that resulted in the confiscation of large quantities of controlled substances, guns and cash.

"Disrupting drug trafficking organizations like this one is a critical part of the FBI's mission, said Robert Jones, the FBI agent in charge out of Pittsburgh. "The heroin, meth and guns seized are dangerous and can lead to dangerous consequences.

"These arrests should send a message to other groups who think they can do business in West Virginia. The FBI and our law enforcement partners are pooling all our resources to stop you and the violence that comes with the drug trade you deem as profitable."

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