Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Drug bust under way in New River Valley

Law enforcement authorities in the New River Valley are working together today to arrest 37 people who face indictments after investigations by the Pulaski-Radford Regional Drug Task Force.
The 37 people face a total of 118 indictments, mostly related to drug distribution, said Sgt. Mike Conroy with the Virginia State Police. He said the drug of choice continues to be cocaine -- both in crack and powder form.
The majority of those being arrested today in the roundup are mid-level dealers, he said.  The indictments are sealed until they are served, so the names of those charged aren't yet available.
The task force, made up of the Dublin, Pulaski and Radford police departments, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, the state police and the Pulaski and Radford commonwealth's attorney's offices, has been working on some of the cases since its last roundup, which netted 42 arrests in September.
Conroy said the task force has opened 82 drug-related cases so far this year. Of those, about 90 percent are investigations into suspected dealers, he said. Today's roundup will likely produce more cases as those arrested share information about their sources, Conroy said.
Often, Conroy said, investigations are based on tips. The task force has a hotline: 540-994-2427.

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