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Major Tazewell County drug bust lands 31 arrests

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A drug clean up in Tazewell County Friday has lead to 31 arrests, and more are expected to follow.

The 31 people who were arrested in the bust have already been indicted by the Grand Jury, and at least 12 more arrests are expected.

Charges range from possession, distribution, conspiracy, and prescription drug fraud. Many defendants are facing multiple charges.

Oxycotin is still the drug of choice in southwest Virginia, but arrests were made for distribution of cocaine and morphine as well.

Multiple agencies were involved in the 10 month investigation that took place throughout Tazewell County, and those agencies have noticed a shift in the location where drug sales are now taking place.

Instead of deals taking place in homes or apartments, those transactions are now more prevalent in convenient store and shopping center parking lots.

According to Tazewell County Sheriff H. S. Caudill, drug exchange is growing beyond area homes. "We are trying to target...our larger drug dealers, and really, the information that comes from the residents [who] call these agencies and tell them about drug activity that is what makes us aggressive in trying to locate these people."

WVVA will continue to bring up to the minute coverage on this story, and deliver information on the remaining arrests that are expected.

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