MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia authorities say 48 people were arrested in a drug bust that dismantled a heroin trafficking network in the Eastern Panhandle.

The Journal reports that the drug trafficking network spanned across the Eastern Panhandle and surrounding states. The arrests were announced Friday by the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force.

Prosecutors in Jefferson and Berkeley counties say the arrests began early Friday. They say the task force continues to follow up on the investigation.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Matthew L. Harvey says the drugs were coming from Baltimore and being distributed by the area drug ring.

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