Drug roundup in Floyd and Montgomery Counties

June 10, 2011|Holly Pietrzak | Weekend Anchor/Reporter

FLOYD CO., Va. — Police get tough on drugs in Montgomery and Floyd Counties.
Several dozen people were arrested, accused of making, using or dealing drugs.
Police made about 50 arrests Friday.
They said it's all in an effort to clean up their communities.

    Charges ranged from possession of marijuana to manufacturing methamphetamine.
    More than 100 indictments were handed down Tuesday by a special regional grand jury.
    Friday's roundup was part of a 16 month investigation by the New River Valley Drug Task Force that started last year.
    In all, the drug investigation has resulted in more than 420 indictments for 140 people.
    Forty-five officers and deputies were on hand for Friday's round up.

"I want the community to be assured this is just round one.  If you're selling  drugs in Floyd County or in the valley and you weren't indicted this time, you may very well be indicted next time," said Shannon Zeman, Floyd Co. Sheriff.
Special Agent Mike Bowman with Virginia State Police explained, "Meth is a problem.  It's a great problem that we're dealing with.  It's an epidemic that's hitting all of us.  I know where I live ...we're beginning to face things with meth that we never thought before."


The investigation cracked down on a variety of drugs and prescription pills.
About 50% of the arrests in Floyd County were meth related.

Investigators said the arrests have also helped them solve other crimes like breaking and entering and larcenies, crimes that are often associated with drug use.

During one bust on Friday, officers found an active meth lab in Floyd County.

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