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Drug sweep in Raleigh County

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Police in Raleigh County are cracking down on drugs.  Beckley Police, the State Parole Office, and US Marshall Service have been conducting a drug investigation for the past five months. But on Saturday, all that hard police work paid off. Police went door to door on a county-wide drug sweep, arresting suspects involved in drug-related activity. "You have to catch them actually selling the drugs." explains Chief Tim Deems with the Beckley Police Department.  Police arrested six people Saturday morning and 22 more will soon have their turn in cuffs.  Police were not just going after street drug dealers. They were also arresting suspects involved in prescription drug crimes. "They'll have a prescription to possess the drug, but when they sell them it becomes a crime." adds Chief Deems.  After the sweep, the suspects were fingerprinted and processed. "I know it can be frustrating when you have someone on your street who's selling drugs." the Chief said.  The hot weather is an open door for drug activity. "It is that time of the year when people are growing marijuana out in the fields or around their homes." Chief Deems says. Making this a tough task but one that is necessary to clean up the streets and keep them safe.

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