An editorial from The Times West Virginian
FAIRMONT, W.Va. — How many times do you find 87 suspects arrested and charged in one of the largest drug busts ever in North Central West Virginia?
But that’s what happened Tuesday.
It all occurred on a quiet but very hot day in midsummer.
U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld said it took the 13 member agencies “hundreds and hundreds” of man-hours to execute this area drug sting in which 87 individuals were sought for arrest.
A total of 87 people were arrested, with 78 of the arrests occurring Tuesday. They were all in connection with drug possession, distribution and trafficking in North Central West Virginia. Forty of the 87 individuals arrested will be facing federal charges and 47 will face state charges.
Which drugs were involved? You name the drugs, and they are there.
There was heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, morphine and, of course, marijuana. There were other drugs that you probably have not heard of.
The drug causing the biggest problem these days is heroin. Ihlenfeld says the number of people in West Virginia dying of heroin is staggering.