(10/12/2018)
Thirty people face drug charges Thursday after a multi-state drug investigation centered in Wood County resulted in the seizure of record amounts of methamphetamine, along with heroin, cash and vehicles allegedly used to transport drugs.

Officials with the U.S. attorney's office, the FBI, and state and local law-enforcement in Ohio and West Virginia, announced the drug bust at a news conference at the Parkersburg Municipal Building.

Eighteen people were arrested on federal charges, including people in Arizona, Florida and Michigan. Another 12 people face state charges in West Virginia.

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Investigators say the 150 pounds of methamphetamine seized in September in Dayton, Ohio, as part of the investigation is a record for both Ohio and West Virginia.

It is likely the biggest amount of meth taken in a seizure affecting this region.

The drug cartel has taken over the meth business from the old days when users would home cook it.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, in December 2017, members of the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in Parkersburg during which they learned that large amounts of meth were being shipped to West Virginia from Mexico.


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