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44 arrested in Tazewell Co. drug bust

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Bluefield (WVVA) - A nearly year-long investigation has led to the arrest of 44 individuals suspected of drug dealing.

In a press conferences held Thursday, law enforcement officers announced the July Grand Jury's most recent drug indictments.

The suspects collected in Thursday's bust included defendants ranging in age from 23-years old to 58. Most individuals were charged with possession and distribution of prescription narcotics.

Other charges include possession of marijuana and distribution of cocaine.

Authorities have long known that Oxycontin is the drug of choice in southwest Virginia, and as long as prescription drug fraud continues to be a problem, the drug will run ramped on the streets.

The nearly four dozen arrests were made after a ten month investigation involving multiple agencies.

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