Drug War: Keep momentum going against criminals

Earlier this week, law enforcement officials seized what they say are enough drugs to kill — KILL — 300,000 people. Multiple drug traffickers were arrested. They are believed to be part of a trafficking operation that worked between Akron, Ohio, and Charleston, W.Va. Mid-Ohio Valley residents will have no trouble understanding what that means.

These people were in possession of more than 600 grams of fentanyl, 1400 grams of heroin, more than 700 grams of methamphetamine, more than $12,000, and eight guns. And they are just the beginning.

“Be clear, the days of lawlessness and drug dealers on the west side of Charleston is over. One final point, for those who haven’t been picked up today who are dealing drugs and causing pain on the west side, if you think we missed you. You might want to be looking over your shoulder over the next few weeks and the next few months. … You may not have been picked up today, but you will not evade prosecution. If we find you and if we convict you, we will send you away to prison and long as we possibly can,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Meanwhile, state lawmakers, such as Del. John Kelly, R-10th, are determined to return to Charleston finding their own ways to fight our region’s substance abuse crisis. Among his concerns as he returns for another term is the effort to improve the quality and number of drug treatment facilities — and the number of beds for those in recovery — in the Mountain State.

It is a multi-front war, folks. It may seem sometimes as though when we see one step forward, we then see two steps back. But those with the power to do so in an official capacity appear to still be determined to take those forward steps.

We should all use that same determination to keep the momentum headed in the right direction, where we can.

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