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Feb 28, 2007 at 5:57 AM
Thirty-six indicted in Bristol drug probe
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BRISTOL, Va. - A six-month investigation by the Bristol Virginia Police Department's Vice/Narcotics Unit had led to 71 felony drug indictments against 36 suspects. Fifty-six of the charges stem from the distribution of crack cocaine, while the remainder are for the distribution of prescription medications such as morphine, OxyContin and Lortab. During the investigation, confidential informants and undercover officers purchased $5,400 worth of illegal drugs from the suspects who were indicted Tuesday. In addition to the narcotics purchases, 13 search warrants for drugs were executed during the course of the investigation, resulting in the seizure of $46,000 worth of crack cocaine, $400 worth of prescription medication, $3,600 worth of marijuana, $21,600 in cash, four handguns, and 23 charges against 16 additional suspects who have already been arrested. Seven of those indicted Tuesday are already jailed on other charges. Many of the suspects who were indicted are not residents of Bristol, Va. Charges against them resulted from their bringing drugs into the city for sale to undercover officers and confidential informants. The jurisdictions in which they are believed to reside will be contacted to assist in their apprehension. The BVPD is in the process of arresting those who can be located inside the city. Arrests are expected to continue throughout the next few weeks.