WAYNE COUNTY, Ohio - Dozens of suspected drug dealers are off the streets after a three-county drug bust in Northeast Ohio.
Detectives said they set up shop and sold drugs like methamphetamine and heroin in Wayne, Medina and Holmes counties. They hope this round-up sends a message to other people thinking about coming to the area to do the same thing.
Authorities arrested 43 people during the bust Tuesday night. All the arrested were drug-related and made by the MEDWAY Drug Enforcement Agency. Detectives said number 44 turned herself in and was indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine and assembling chemicals.
“We are very fortunate to have a drug unit specifically designed for drug enforcement. It eliminates a lot of street activity for us. We pass along information to an off-site agency,” Wayne County Sheriff Thomas Maurer said.
This latest bust was part of an 11-month investigation.
“We had a big problem with out of town people from Detroit, Chicago. (We) saw a large increase of heroin and methamphetamine production,” said Donald Hall, with the MEDWAY Drug Enforcement Agency.
“Drugs now are probably the number one influence on crime… And if we can somehow put a dent in that, we can put a dent in overall crime,” Maurer said.
The drug task force set out to arrest 74 people, so while they nabbed more than half, there are still more suspected drug dealers out there.
To see a list of those arrested, long with their mugshots, log onto the Wayne County Sheriff's Facebook page .
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