Six people have been indicted in Tazewell County, Virginia, of manufacturing methamphetamine, with officials there admitting meth usage is surging.
Nearly 30 people have been arrested because of their alleged involvement in a smuggling ring, and they face a variety of felony charges, including drug charges. Their arrests reportedly led to the recovery of more than $300 million in goods, which federal officials said is one of the largest hauls ever.
Over-the-counter medications like Sudafed, which contains pseudoephedrine or PSE, are restricted to buyers who can identify themselves or sign for the drugs. The Virginia law limits PSE purchases because the nonprescription drugs can be used for manufacturing methamphetamine. Some officials say the drug law is too lax to prevent drug-related offenses.
Police in Southwest Virginia arrested two men on drug-related offenses during a regular traffic patrol. One man faces felony drug charges for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. A second man was booked for narcotics possession and released.