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Update: 22 arrested, 17 sought in alleged northern Hancock County drug trafficking ring

April 4, 2013
By LINDA HARRIS - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

NEW CUMBERLAND - State and federal authorities have arrested 22 individuals and are looking for 17 others allegedly involved in a drug trafficking ring northern Hancock County.

The arrests, which capped a year-long probe, targeted what authorities referred to as a "significant heroin and crack cocaine trafficking organization" operating in the Chester and Newell areas.

Nineteen of the drug defendants were named in three separate federal indictments detailing a total of 94-counts related to the distribution of heroin, methamphetamine, powder and crack cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana. The other 20 will face state charges.

See Friday's edition for more details.

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