DEA announces conclusion to Operation Crystal Mountain

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTAP) - The United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced on Tuesday the conclusion of Operation Crystal Mountain, an attempt to rid three states, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee of illegal trafficking of methamphetamine.

DEA agents worked closely with law enforcement in the three states, and ended up seizing more than 800 pounds of methamphetamine during the operation.

“Everyone has a right to live in safety," The amount of drugs and weapons we’ve taken off the street with this operation, along with the number of drug dealers that we’ve locked up, represents a small victory in our on-going fight for safer communities for us all."

“West Virginia has been the epicenter of the opioid epidemic and now another scourge is plaguing our state – crystal meth,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. "With the help of our law enforcement partners, we are prosecuting scores of meth dealers and locking them up for significant prison sentences. We’re using every possible resource to rid our streets of drug dealers and keep West Virginia families safe.”

Operation Crystal Mountain resulted from several drug investigations from the beginning of the year. Since January, in the Louisville division, 235 federal drug arrests have been made, and $800,000 and 52 firearms have been seized.