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52 arrested in meth distribution sting

52 arrested in meth distribution sting

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ABINGDON, Va. — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested 52 people last Wednesday and seized drugs and firearms as part of ongoing efforts to crack down on methamphetamine distribution operations in Southwest Virginia.

During a news conference, Sheriff Blake Andis and county Commonwealth’s Attorney Josh Cumbow released details of Operation Wishbone, which resulted in 137 indictments against 53 people who are accused of conspiring to distribute meth.

“This is largely the work of the Holston River Drug Task Force that is relatively new but has been making great strides in combating the distribution of methamphetamine. They are doing outstanding work, and we anticipate more good results in the future,” Cumbow said.

Of those indicted, 43 were arrested Wednesday. An additional nine people who had active but unrelated warrants were arrested as part of the operation, Andis said.

Among those additional people arrested was Savanna Leigh Cable, who was wanted in Elizabethton, Tennessee, in connection to a hit and run on Broad Street on July 23. She faces charges of aggravated assault, tampering with evidence, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license and violation of financial responsibility. Andis added that all of the people arrested are from Southwest Virginia with the exception of Cable.

The charges include distribution and possession of narcotics, child abuse, use of a sawed-off shotgun, delivery of narcotics to prisoners, distribution of meth, parole violation and shoplifting, among other charges.

Operation Wishbone is the result of a monthslong joint investigation conducted by the WCSO, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Washington County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Bristol Virginia Police Department and Virginia State Police, along with multiple other Virginia, Tennessee and federal law enforcement agencies. Andis said it was named Operation Wishbone because of its proximity to Thanksgiving.

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