DRUG BUST Metro Drug Unit Makes Largest Pill Bust In Charleston History
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Reported: Feb. 17, 2012 5:37 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
The Metro Drug Unit has made the largest pill bust in Charleston history.
Officers seized more than 7,000 prescription pain pills, along with a pound of marijuana.
The drugs were found in a vehicle and are worth close to a $250,000.
The suspect vehicle was stopped as part of an ongoing investigation aimed at stopping illegal trafficking of pain pills from New York to Charleston.
The drugs have become a prescription for trouble in Charleston and are now rated a bigger problem than crack cocaine.
Lt. A.C. Napier says "Prescription drugs are probably, definitely the number one problem that we face right now. Used to be crack cocaine. Now it's prescription drugs along with heroin. And crack is still a problem, but prescription drugs have definitely taken the forefront."
Drug agents suspect the pills were obtained by having numerous people obtain them from doctors who then sold the pills to drug dealers. It's called hustling scripts. The pills find their way here because of high demand in this area. They are coming from dealers in New York, Columbus, Detroit and Florida.