Multi-state drug trafficking ring busted by federal, state and local agencies

Two men are still on the run

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - United States Attorney Bill Powell announced that a two-year investigation has resulted in a drug bust of more than $300,000 worth of cocaine and other contraband.

Powell made the announcement in Martinsburg. He said that ten men are being prosecuted, including two MS-13 gang members. Officials say two men are still on the run and Attorney Powell says they should be considered armed and dangerous.

Officials say since the investigation was a successful team effort of more than 20 federal, state and local agencies, future endeavors will be handled in the same way.

"That investigative template has been made already. That has been set. That has been tested. So this drug task force will be able to move forward without skipping a beat and address these new cases. And I am pretty sure, there is no doubt in my mind, that they will be as successful in those cases as they were in this one," said Special Agent Robert Johnson, FBI Pittsburgh division.

The drug trafficking ring stretched from West Virginia and Virginia to as far as Oklahoma, according to officials.

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