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The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has concluded an undercover narcotics operation that resulted in a county grand jury on Monday indicting 44 adults on 123 felony charges.

Pharmaceutical pills including many opiates along with quantities of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana were seized during the operation, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Assets connected to the distribution and trafficking of narcotics also were seized.These seizures included multiple vehicles and U.S. currency.

On Thursday and Friday the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Martinsville Police Department, Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Department of Public Safety, U.S. Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration, arrested 26 suspects on 76 felony charges.

From staff reports

In addition, during the course of this arrest operation, Anthony Tyrone Menefee, 45, of 976 Southland Drive was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.

And nine people wanted by the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office on narcotics-related charges were located and arrested during this operation.

On Thursday the Henry County Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants at 101 Preston Scales Drive, Martinsville, and 286 Tower Road, Bassett. Those searches yielded more than three-quarters of a pound of cocaine, 2 pounds of marijuana, illegal pharmaceutical pills, four firearms, including one fully automatic pistol, body armor and $20,216 in cash.

Additional charges are pending in regards to the evidence seized during the execution of the search warrants.

Henry County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Patrick County Sheriff’s Office, Martinsville Police Department and Virginia State Police assisted in the investigations.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt. It is a grand jury’s determination that enough evidence exists to hold a trial.

Anyone having information pertaining to the whereabouts of these people is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500. for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

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