LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Federal authorities say a drug sweep in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia has netted more than 800 pounds (363 kilograms) of methamphetamine.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says in a news release that Mexican cartels and other drug trafficking groups and individuals were targeted.
Since January, 235 people were arrested on federal drug charges as part of Operation Crystal Mountain. More than $800,000 in cash and 52 firearms were seized along with significant quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs.
The operation netted 60 arrests and 360 pounds (163 kg) of meth in Kentucky, 155 arrests and 317 pounds (144 kg) of meth in Tennessee, and 20 arrests and 132 pounds (160 kg) in West Virginia.
DEA Special Agent D. Christopher Evans says it “represents a small victory in our ongoing fight for safer communities for us all.”