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Drug probe nets 17 arrests and roundup of 18 suspected illegal immigrants

The Associated Press, September 14, 2000

WOODSTOCK, Va. (AP) -- A 10-month drug investigation in the Shenandoah Valley has led to the arrests of 17 people, and another 18 suspected illegal immigrants were taken into custody.

The roundup was carried out Wednesday by federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Naturalization Service agents, along with the Shenandoah County Sheriff's office.

The 95 charges filed against the suspects included distribution and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine. Investigators who carried out eight search warrants seized over 10 pounds of methamphetamine, several ounces of cocaine and about $6,000 in cash, authorities said.

The suspected illegal immigrants, all from Mexico, included 16 men, one woman and a juvenile, according to the INS.