PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Early Wednesday morning, 79 people were arrested following a year-long investigation initiated by the Geneva City and Madison Township police departments.
Investigators said methamphetamine production, heroin trade, burglaries, thefts and violent crimes, all played a role in the massive bust.
All suspects were appearing in Lake County Court in Painesville just before noon Wednesday. More details on alleged crimes and names of the suspects were expected following court appearances.
The investigation focused in on illegal purchases of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient needed to produce meth, a highly addictive and destructive illegal drug.
But as the investigation unfolded, investigators said it became apparent other crimes also were involved. Police said the dozens of suspects arrested Wednesday had more than 200 previous felony convictions on other crimes.
Investigators said the round-up of suspects would not have been possible without the help of “countless citizens who have provided tips and information,” stated a news release. They also said they were able to work together on this bust despite recent budget cuts because of the recession, a challenge investigators said they continually face.
"It doesn't stop drugs, but it made a big difference," said Chief Daniel Dudik of the Geneva Police Department.
Posted: 1:03 PM
By: Ellen McGregor, newsnet5.com
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