The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its roundup of 191 people recently indicted by a special grand jury on more than 650 charges stemming from a nearly, large-scale undercover narcotics operation.

A list provided by the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday night included the names of approximately 40 people who had been arrested.

Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith has said that approximately 100 of the 191 people who were indicted are Patrick County residents, and the remaining are from Henry County, bordering North Carolina counties and Carroll County.

Most of the charges are for distribution of methamphetamine and heroin, and there are several firearms charges relating to distribution, according to Smith.

The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation, with the assistance of the Patrick County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Virginia State Police, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Martinsville Police Department.

Assisting the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office in making arrests are Virginia State Police, U.S. Marshals Service, Martinsville Police Department, and the Henry County, Carroll County and Pittsylvania County sheriff’s offices.

Smith said it may take weeks to make the arrests, and the indictments will be sealed until as long as September, until most of the arrests have been made.

Smith said that this is the largest narcotics operation ever conducted in the county. “I hope it is understood that we will not tolerate this poison in our county,” he said in a statement.

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

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

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