- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

ELKINS, W.Va. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in Northern West Virginia are working together to combat drug trafficking.

Local, state and federal authorities announced the creation of the Mountain Region Drug & Violent Crime Task Force on Monday during a news conference in Elkins.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says the task force began work in 2013. But its formation wasn’t announced until Monday due to ongoing investigations.

The task force’s work has led to the indictments of nine people on federal drug charges last week. Six people indicted in August 2013 are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal drug charges.

Another investigation led to the conviction of a man accused of stealing prescription painkillers from a pharmacy in Parsons in 2013.

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