Authorities are a little more than halfway through arresting 191 people indicted in Patrick County last month after a nearly 2-year narcotics investigation.

As of Friday 99 people had been arrested, Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said Thursday afternoon. Six were arrested in North Carolina and are awaiting extradition, and 91 people had been arrested in Virginia (most of them in Patrick County).

A Patrick County special grand jury convened June 6 and 7 and returned more than 650 indictments on 191 people, Approximately 35 law enforcement officers from multiple agencies assembled the morning of June 18 and began arresting those named in the indictments.

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, Smith has said.

“It is going as expected. We have not had any surprises. … Most of the arrests were uneventful. No one has been injured. No one has actively fled from us. We’ve had several hide, but no one actively resisted or fled,” Smith said.

“It will take several months to get all of them. Some of them will be on the run for a long time, particularly out of state. We’re taking our time. We’re not in a rush to get them all arrested. Our jail is … small and we have to process them.”

He said in the near future that his office would be coordinating with Henry County authorities to round up Henry County residents who were part of those indictments. He estimated that “50-ish” people who live in Henry County and Martinsville were indicted.

"A few have been arrested, but most have not,” Smith said.

About a half dozen people who live at addresses within Henry County were among the most recent arrests.

Paul Collins is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. Contact him at 276-638-8801, ext. 236.

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