On Thursday, the Norton Police Department said it conducted Operation Perfect Storm 458, an extensive drug round-up.
According to a written statement, the round up stems from investigation conducted for about a year by Norton Police, as well as the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force. A total of 75 people were wanted on a variety of charges, but mostly drug related.
Chief James Lane said the drugs range from marijuana to cocaine.
The individuals lived in the city of Norton and surrounding areas. As of 2 p.m. Thursday, 22 people had been arrested, police said. This is in addition to 16 people that had already been arrested as part of the operation prior.
Norton Police were assisted during the round up by other agencies, including the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force, Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Wise Police Department, Big Stone Gap Police Department, Coeburn Police Department, and Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office.
Lane encouraged anyone with information on drug abuse occurring in the City of Norton to contact the Norton Police Department at 276-679-1211 or visit the department’s website, www.nortonpd.org and click on the TIPS link. Tips can be anonymous.