- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Police say 100 people face drug-related charges stemming from an investigation in Fayette and Nicholas counties.

The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force says officers began executing arrest warrants at 6 a.m. Thursday. About 80 people had been arrested as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Charges include distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy.

The task force says in a news release that investigators made controlled purchases of heroin, methamphetamine, prescription pills and other drugs.

Arrested suspects were taken magistrate courts in their respective counties for arraignments following processing at central command posts.

More than 120 officers from the task force, West Virginia State Police, local police departments and federal agencies participated in Thursday’s mass arrest.

Several other people also were arrested on outstanding warrants for charges unrelated to the investigation.

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