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Recent arrests a stark reminder

Last week, we were provided a reminder of just how prevalent illegal narcotics are in our communities.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrests of six individuals on charges involving the possession and distribution of crystal meth. The investigation of a little over a month resulted in several search warrants being executed on a single street in New Cumberland.

The idea of illegal drugs being trafficked through our area is something many of us have gotten used to over the years, but sometimes it is still surprising when such a large operation is announced. The fact the individuals were all found along Commerce Street, pretty much in the backyard of the county courthouse, the sheriff’s department and the New Cumberland Police Department, was even more shocking.

Another crystal meth arrest was announced Wednesday morning by the drug task force, this time in Weirton.

We’re also willing to bet there will be more coming as a result of these arrests.

It just shows us, once again, that no matter the community or neighborhood, there is the possibility of this type of activity taking place.

We thank the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, New Cumberland Police and the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force, as well as all other local law enforcement agencies, for remaining vigilant in their efforts to keep our communities safe.

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