Charges ranged from Class A misdemeanors to Class A felonies, from dealing marijuana to dealing prescription drugs. Each suspect, ranging in age from 19 to 55, was taken to the Huntington County Jail.
Huntington Police Chief S. Tom Emely said the crackdown was in response to recent deaths in his city from prescription drug overdoses, an issue he saw as demanding action.
“Youth and young adults are self-medicating themselves with deadly mixtures of prescription drugs and alcohol,” said Emely. “The drug trade is like the spokes of a wheel, with the hub of that wheel being the drug trade, and the spokes being the crimes that are committed to support that trade.”
Police are still looking for three suspects not apprehended in the sweep, Galaviz said.