Dozens of the 191 people who recently were indicted in Patrick County after a nearly 2-year narcotics investigation have been arrested or are incarcerated.
“Sixty-six have been arrested of the 105 who had Patrick County addresses or who were currently incarcerated in the PC jail. Several of the 86 from outside of PC are in other correctional/jail facilities in both NC and VA,” Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith wrote in an email late Thursday night.
“We [are] coordinating with both Henry Co. and Martinsville law enforcement officials in arresting those who live in or who have fled to those jurisdictions. We are also working with NC officials to get those arrested who either live in NC or we believe to have fled to NC. It typically takes several weeks to get the majority arrested, and several hide for months before they are found, but we always get them, their luck always runs out.”
A Patrick County special grand jury convened June 6 and 7 and returned more than 650 indictments on 191 people, Smith said earlier this week. Approximately 35 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies assembled Tuesday morning and began arresting those named in the indictments.
Smith has said that most of the charges are for distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, and there are a number of charges for conspiracy to distribute drugs and firearms charges related to distribution.
Paul Collins is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. Contact him at 276-638-8801, ext. 236.