Record number of arrests, indictments tied to drug raid in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle

RANSON, W.Va. (DC News Now) — A total of 82 people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for fentanyl distribution in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle.

A drug ring based in Baltimore has been busted by a task force, that included the F.B.I., Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms & Explosives, the West Virginia State Police, the Air National Guard, local police and the Sheriff’s Departments – for both Berkeley and Jefferson counties.

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“By focusing on fentanyl, which is just so deadly and it’s really affected our community…we’ve saved lives in this investigation,” said Lara Omps-Botteicher, assistant U.S. Attorney.

Also seized were cocaine, methamphetamine, firearms and hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets.

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