U.S. attorney announces major drug takedown of Akron, Charleston pipeline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Mike Stuart announced Monday that a major drug pipeline between Akron, Ohio, and Charleston, W.Va. has been eliminated.


Stuart said federal, county and local law enforcement began a drug takedown Monday that dismantled a drug trafficking operation located in the Akron, Ohio, area and in Charleston. Large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine and heroin were seized.


More than 600 grams of fentanyl, which would have been enough to kill nearly 300,000 people if it had made it to the streets, was found, Stuart said. In addition, more than 1,400 grams of heroin and 500 grams of methamphetamine were discovered.


The takedown is part of a long-term investigation. Six arrests have been made in Charleston and more arrests are expected in Akron.

Stuart said Akron is an ever-growing location for drug trafficking in the area.

On Oct. 9, Stuart announced the launch of Project Charleston. The initiative is meant to reduce violent crimes in the city.

“The days of lawlessness and drug dealers on the West Side of Charleston is over,” Stuart said.

Stuart was joined at the news conference by representatives of multiple federal and local agencies.

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