The article reports:
“Huntington has become ground zero,” he told reporters earlier Tuesday. “The highest per capita overdose death rate for opioids is in Southern District of West Virginia.”
The arrests were ongoing Tuesday, he said, and wouldn’t necessarily end Tuesday either.
The take down targeted the Peterson Drug Trafficking Organization, and charged at least 15 individuals with conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the Southern District of West Virginia,
Another 15 were indicted in county court Monday, and additional members are expected to be charged in Detroit.
”At least 48 individuals are targeted for arrest on various narcotics, violent crime and firearms related charges at the federal or state level as determined by the circumstances of each matter,” the Justice Department said.
The drug trafficking organization has been operating in Huntington for nearly 15 years, trafficking heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine from Detroit to Huntington, the Justice Department said.
The operation took at least 450 grams of fentanyl off of the streets — enough to kill more than 250,000 people.
This is the chart:
Number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. from 2014 to 2016, by age
It is interesting to me that the age range that generally has the greatest amount of disposable income is the age range that is most likely to die from a drug overdose. It is very sad that many people get involved with drugs during the most productive years of their lives.
Hopefully the taking down of the drug network in West Virginia will be the beginning of dealing with one aspect of America’s drug problem.