Federal prosecutors report dismantling of major drug ring distributing in Parkersburg

Federal prosecutors announce a major takedown of multi-state drug ring that was distributing methamphetamine and heroin in Parkersburg. (MGN Online)

Federal prosecutors said Thursday that they dismantled a multi-state drug ring distributing heroin and methamphetamine in Parkersburg, leading to multiple arrests and the seizure of 150 pounds of meth and 4 pounds of heroin.

More than two dozen people were arrested on federal and state charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of West Virginia.

The news release said 17 individuals were charged in a federal indictment in the Southern District with conspiracy to distribute meth. One person has been charged with possession with intent to distribute meth and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Twelve people are facing state charged filed by the Wood County prosecutor.

More than $84,000 in U.S. currency was seized, and several vehicles were seized that were used to transport controlled substances, the news release said.

Prosecutors said they believe the dismantling of the drug operation removed all of the Parkersburg individuals with access to the Arizona source and will “significantly curtail the amount of methamphetamine available for distribution in Wood County and the surrounding area.”

Representatives from various law enforcement agencies joined U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart at the announcement. Stuart said FBI field offices in Tampa, Cincinnati, Detroit and Phoenix provided valuable assistance in the investigation.

The operation is the first public announcement of Project Parkersburg, an effort by the U.S. attorney’s office and U.S. government to combat violent crime.

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