Criminal Law

54 People Arrested in Largest Meth Bust in West Virginia History

A drug trafficking investigation in West Virginia has led to the largest methamphetamine seizure in the state’s history, officials said Wednesday.

“Operation Smoke and Mirrors,” an eight-month long investigation, led to 54 arrests and over 200 pounds of methamphetamine being seized, the Department of Justice said in a news release. Officials also seized 28 pounds of cocaine, 20 pounds of fentanyl, 18 firearms and $747,000 in cash.

More than 50 search warrants were obtained by law enforcement to complete the multi-agency investigation, with several executed on Monday and Tuesday. A federal grand jury returned three indictments charging 30 people for their roles in the drug trafficking organization, which was responsible for distributing large quantities of illicit substances in the state capital of Charleston. Another 24 individuals were charged in state complaints.

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