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22 Pounds Of Fentanyl Seized In Major Eastern Panhandle Drug Bust 

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Federal agents say a multi-state drug trafficking operation based in the Eastern Panhandle has been terminated.  

Eighty-two people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for a drug trafficking syndicate that distributed fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine in the Eastern Panhandle. 

Following the large-scale arrest operation in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland, 11 of the 82 defendants are still at-large. 

In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office noted that drug ring leaders supplied others with large quantities of fentanyl capsules and powder for redistribution in Berkeley and Jefferson Counties. 

The investigation yielded 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, of fentanyl, along with cocaine, methamphetamine, firearms, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets.

The collaborative investigating effort involved dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. 

A listing of the defendants still-at-large and the agencies involved in the investigation can be found here.