FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says they have been dedicated to the aggressive pursuit of illegal use and sale of dangerous, illicit drugs in an effort to protect its citizens.
Between July and November of this year, the sheriff’s office’s Narcotics Division has continued an extended drug investigation that has led to 94 individuals who have received 243 indictments directly related to drug activity.
Below is a breakdown of those numbers:
|Distribution of marijuana (under 1/2 ounce)||9 charges|
|Possession and/or sale of Schedule I or II drugs||198 charges|
|Possession and/or sale of Schedule III drugs||12 charges|
|Possession and/or sale of Schedule IV drugs||8 charges|
|Possession of Schedule V drugs||1 charge|
|Possession of Schedule VI drugs||1 charge|
|Firearms possession related to drug activity||9 charges|
|Child abuse related to drug activity||5 charges|
The opioid epidemic has been at the forefront of law enforcement’s minds as they try to combat the growing problem of abuse.
According to officials, fentanyl — a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic — has taken over the substance abuse epidemic by storm. Similar to morphine, with 50 to 100 times the potency, fentanyl is a legal opioid commonly prescribed for pain control.
Fentanyl is reportedly being added to illicit substances to increase its potency and many users are not aware that this is cut into the drugs that they are purchasing.
Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sent an alert to law enforcement agencies to be aware of counterfeit pills that have entered into the United States that are laced with fentanyl.
An increase in overdose fatalities has been attributed to the takeover of fentanyl and counterfeit pills.
Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says his office will continue to work diligently to combat concerns of substance abuse in the county.
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